Target: Rodney Erickson, President of Penn State University
Goal: Remove the statue of Joe Paterno on Penn State’s campus.
While the statue of Joe Paterno remained a focal point of protests during the Penn State scandal, it is extremely disrespectful to leave this statue up. It was discovered that Joe Paterno was aware that colleague Jerry Sandusky was sexually assaulting young boys and did nothing about it. When a witness fails to report a crime, they are almost as responsible as the actual perpetrator. While Joe Paterno’s statue is meant to memorialize what he did for the Penn State football team, it also serves as a painful reminder of what he didn’t do for those young victims.
This statue is now a constant reminder not only of Sandusky’s crimes, but also of Paterno’s failure to speak up. It must be extremely painful for those young men who were abused to see a statue glorifying the man who could have helped them but chose not to. Clearly, this is not an action to be praised, let alone memorialized by a statue. In order to demand some type of justice for the victims of Sandusky’s crimes, it is imperative that the statue of Joe Paterno be torn down.
Dear Graham Spanier,
It is necessary that the Joe Paterno statue on Penn State’s campus be torn down immediately. While the statue initially served to memorialize Paterno’s accomplishments in sports, it now stands as a 7-foot reminder of how he did not speak up to save young boys from being sexually assaulted. Although these were Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, Paterno was equally at fault for not telling law enforcement about the sexual harassment that he knew was happening. This statue is a constant reminder of these crimes and the negative impact they had on Penn State University.
Not only does this statue make the university look bad, but it is also a painful reminder for the young men who were assaulted as well as their families. If someone hurt or abused your child, or didn’t do anything when they knew your child was being abused, you would not want them to be glorified by a permanent statue. It seems that the negative press Paterno received with regards to the Sandusky case outweighs the positive media coverage he had received from sports, thus this statue likely brings more negative emotions than positive. In order to stop the suffering of these young men and their families, it is necessary that you take down the Joe Paterno statue.
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