IS MAINTAINING THE PRESTIGE OF AN INSTITUTION MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE INNOCENCE OF OUR CHILDREN OR …ARE THEY TOO BIG TO FAIL!!!
Hello, bloggers/readers , I sure you have all heard and are obviously sickened by the stories coming out of Penn State University. Rightfully so and as more information is and will come out, some of the questions are……how and why did these horrendous acts occur and why weren’t they reported to the proper authorities. Yes, the offending coach is the main culprit and has been arrested, but the cover ups, the lies and the willingness to sacrifice the safety of our children, over the prestige of the University is beyond belief.
We have heard the phrase ” TOO BIG TO FAIL” in reference to our financial crisis. In my opinion, this is another example of “TOO BIG TO FAIL”; because it clearly identifies how the interests of a major institution will trump the need to protect our children from sexual abuse. Just look at what has happened in the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandals. There are countless stories in the media of Catholic Priests who have been engaged in sexual abuse of young people (children) for years, and have been protected by the church without any legal actions. These scandals have occurred not only in this country but all over the world! Why?…because the Catholic Church is “TOO BIG TO FAIL”. Power does corrupt… Absolutely!!!!
When an institution, whether it’s a Catholic church, school, financial institution, business or even Congress is presented with a situation that threatens it’s reputation or financial base, the first reaction is to circle the wagons and fight by all means to hold on to any appearance of legitimacy by it’s members. This is very sad, but it’s a reality we have to deal with.
The Penn State football coach, who allegedly observed the kid being raped, didn’t try to stop the rape nor was he legally required to call the Police. Morally, we all know he should have done more than what he did. He was big enough to physically confront the abuser; and it is my experience in law enforcement, that just a little physical intimidation will have prevented further abuse at that time, and maybe even prevented future sexual abuses of other children by this man. We will never know!! But, this coach decided to take the institutionalized route, think of the harm to his institution first, the prestige of his school, the aura of his football team and his position as a coach, over the physical rape being done to this little kid. There is no other way to look at it.
Penn State is probably one of the top football and academic schools in this country and has been so for years. Joe Paterno was a coaching legend, most wins in Division A football, respected for his program, getting kids to graduate and sending players to the NFL. Famous players like Lenny Moore, Franco Harris, Rosey Grier, Dick Hoak and Jack Ham to name a few. The football program brings almost 50 million dollars into the University. Why, would anyone want to bring a program like that down?? Why, Why??… Because morally and legally, it is the right thing to do. Unless of course, it was “TOO BIG TO FAIL”.
So, the culprit has been arrested, the President of the University has been fired, others have also been fired, and even legendary coach Paterno has been given the boot. But, what have we really learned that will prevent another Penn State debacle?? Remember the words in the song “WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING”!! From what we have learned so far, will it stop sexual abuse in the Catholic Church?? Will it stop the big financial institutions that are controlled by the almighty dollar from gouging you and me?? Will it prevent a political party from protecting it’s own during a scandal; or will a lie or cover up be the preferred road to traverse, to keep the prestige of the institution intact, no matter how horrendous the act!! I seriously question, if in the future, we will learn from our past mistakes. Bloggers/readers what do you think?? Keep blogging and keep communicating