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Scandal in State College

Focusing on the actions, not the abuse, select one person involved in this case (Assistant Coach/Athletic Director/State Attorney General/School President, etc.) and discusses the following:

• What were the actions taken by the person you chose?
• What was the impact of those actions?
• If you had held the same position, what action would you have taken?
• How did your moral reasoning impact your decision?

Scandal in State College
USA Today, November 1, 2012
Byline: Erick Smith and Dan Uthman
The sequence of events surrounding the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal at Penn State:

Nov. 5, 2011: Jerry Sandusky is arrested and accused of sexual abuse of eight boys from 1994 to 2009.

Nov. 7, 2011: Penn State athletics director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz are arraigned on charges they lied to a grand jury and failed to report Sandusky's abuse.

Nov. 9, 2011: Penn State football coach Joe Paterno announces he plans to retire after the 2011 season, but hours later the school's board of trustees' fires him, effective immediately.

Nov. 11, 2011: Penn State quarterbacks coach Mike McQueary is put on administrative leave. McQueary had reported in 2001, when he was a graduate assistant coach, seeing Sandusky sexually assault a boy in the coaches' locker room showers.

Nov. 13, 2011: Jack Raykovitz, leader of Second Mile, the charity Sandusky founded and that was said to be his method of finding victims, resigns.

Nov. 21, 2011: Penn State's board of trustees hires alumnus and former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct an investigation into the allegations against Sandusky and the school's handling of him.

Dec. 7, 2011: Prosecutors hit Sandusky with charges of assaulting two more boys.

Jan. 6, 2012: Penn State hires New England Patriots assistant coach Bill O'Brien to replace Paterno.

Jan. 22, 2012: Paterno dies of lung cancer.

March 26, 2011: O'Brien holds his first practice as Penn State opens spring with a new coach for first time in 47 years.

June 22, 2012: A jury deliberates for more than 20 hours over two days before finding Sandusky guilty of
45 of 48 counts in his sexual abuse trial.

July 12, 2012: The Freeh Report that investigated the school's involvement in the Sandusky scandal is released. It concludes that Paterno and other Penn State officials "failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized."

July 22, 2012: Penn State removes the Paterno statue that stood outside Beaver Stadium and puts it in storage. The school says it would keep the name of Paterno and his wife, Sue, on the school's library.

July 23, 2012: The NCAA levies unprecedented penalties on Penn State and its football program. The school is fined $60 million and the team is banned from postseason play for four seasons and hit with a reduction of 40 scholarships over four years. Paterno and Penn State are forced to vacate 111 victories during a 14-year span.

Sept. 1, 2012: Penn State plays its first football game since Paterno's death. The Nittany Lions fall to Ohio
24-14 at Beaver Stadium.

Oct. 9, 2012: Sandusky is sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison nearly four months after his conviction.

Erick Smith and Dan Uthman
Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2012 USA Today.
Source Citation
Smith, Erick, and Dan Uthman. "Scandal in State College." USA Today 1 Nov. 2012:
04C. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 8 July 2013.
Document URL
Gale Document Number: GALE|A307103176

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What is most interesting about this case is the moral dilemma we can observe through the inactions of Mike McQueary who witnessed the abuse and kept quiet about it for almost 10 years. Obviously, McQueary's decision to not report what he saw has many moral implications. His failure in this regard is evidence of how he viewed his position within the constructs of this powerful institution, or at least how he personally viewed the power held by Sandusky, Paterno, and others within the athletic department. Several questions need to be asked: Was McQueary intimidated by those he saw as powerful individuals? Did he weigh the consequences ...

Solution Summary

The actions taken by the person you chose is given. The impact of these actions are provided.