Penn State has been under a lot of scrutiny since last year’s sex scandal that involved football coach Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky. A 267-page report, by former FBI director Louis Freeh, says Penn State disregarded children’s safety, not taking action over child abuse charges.
It’s only the beginning of the investigation but chances are more damaging details will surge out. Although the report condemns mostly head football coach Joe Paterno for keeping the Sandusky child abuse allegations under the key, Penn State is also under scrutiny. Freeh’s report reads Penn State’s way of dealing with the situation showed a “total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders” at the university.
Louis Freeh’s report is harsh with everyone involved in the sex scandal. “In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University… repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse” Freeh said in a press release. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized” the former FBI director blasted this early morning.
Looking closer at Penn State’s internal investigation, Freeh noticed there was no practical result. Freeh accused the four men in charge with overseeing the investigation to have a “callous and shocking” disregard for children’s safety. Apart from head football coach Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, athletic director, Graham Spanier, president for Penn State and Gary Schultz, vice president for the university were blasted for their inability.
The Penn State University investigators “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest”. The former FBI official said “it is up to the entire University community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, the Board and the administration – to undertake a thorough and honest review of its culture”.
In a statement for The Washington Post Joe Paterno explained late fall: “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was”. As a result the late coach said he preferred to back away and turn it “over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way”.