The controversy at hand takes us back to 2002 when a graduate assistant witnessed a senior football coach molesting a young boy in the locker room showers.
He informed his superiors, including Coach Joe Paterno, yet no action was taken – until now, after the release of a graphic Grand Jury report. Yesterday the Penn State Board of Trustees announced they’re giving Paterno the boot for keeping quiet; last night campus and community members at Penn State rioted in defense of the man who they see as a grandfather figure. We check in with several student voices on the ground who elaborate on what’s going on.
Why is there such a strong loyalty to someone who wronged? By rioting, are the students condoning what happened?
Lexi Belculfine, Penn State senior; editor in chief, The Daily Collegian
Ryan Beckler, Penn State junior; writer, Onward State
Paul Vigna, sports editor, The Patriot-News