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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Report Finds Penn State Hid Child Abuse To Protect Reputation

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh gestures during a news conference about his firm’s 267-page report that concluded that Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity. (AP)

A report released Thursday concludes that Joe Paterno and other officials at Penn State “concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse in order to prevent bad publicity.

“This is the most damning piece of work that I have ever seen in covering anything,” Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Brad Wolverton told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

The report is the result of an 8-month internal investigation at Penn State.

Guest:

  • Brad Wolverton, senior writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education. He Tweets @bradwolverton

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

    No longer is there a reason to feel sorry for Joe Paterno.  I am glad he got fired shortly before he died.

  • wareinparis

    And it might just be time to recognize that a prize football program is not the entire purpose of a college. When “educators” are more interested in preserving the stature of their football program than they are in protecting the most innocent among us it is time to rethink what what we are doing.

  • Ben

    Big time football. I have never been any fan of this Saturday crap to begin with for decades.
    It was all about the money and the show. Keep this hype going at all costs.
    Penn State, now known as Pedophila State is only the tip of the iceberg.
    Or PSU which could also mean People Screw U.

    They all need to be exposed and brought down.
    In the meanwhile the costs of higher education soar out of sight and the products from these universites are more “educated fools” who enter a dismal job market with high debt.

    As the old German saying goes:  He who owes, loses his freedom. 

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