Failing the little boys

After reading the grand jury indictment, there is no question in my mind that Paterno had to go and go quickly. But Mike McQuery, the assistant coach who actually witnessed the sexual abuse in 2002, has to go too.

(read the indictment here but be warned, the content is graphic.)

McQuery actually saw this little boy being violated and did not follow this up by reporting to the police. From the indictment, it appears that both Sandusky and the little boy both knew they were seen and I can’t help but think that the little boy must have thought – “someone is here to save me from this monster” only to find out that no one did anything to help him.

My belief is that their first obligation was to protect this little boy (and all the other little boys) and they failed. They failed those little boys (who are now young men.) That’s shameful.

It should also be noted that a janitor witnessed the same thing in the locker room showers, but with a different boy and at a different time. His fellow employees said that the man was so shook up by what he’d seen that he “almost had a heart attack.”

Again, no one called the police.

Too many people failed these little boys, for too many years.  Children could have been spared this had someone spoke up earlier.


4 responses to “Failing the little boys

  • Freedom, by the way

    I just read the indictment. I am sick to my stomach that this went on for more than 15 years. It seems that Many, Many people are guilty of not following this through and getting Sandusky locked away. 8 victims they know of–how many more? How many young boys could have been spared this horrible crime against them?

  • righthook38

    I don’t understand any of it. If I saw that happening, I would have stopped it right then and there and gone straight to the police. Why didn’t those guys beat the crap out of him? Why didn’t they run to the police? What if it had been *their* child? The whole thing just makes me sick.

    • AFVET

      They didn’t go to the cops because it would have ruined the precious football program, and the reputation of the college.
      Follow the money RH.
      Same scenario happened recently at OSU, although it didn’t involve children.
      At OSU, the head coach knew about infractions concerning star players and he did nothing.
      If he had done something, his team, and the college would never have finished out last year as winners, and hence would not have received the big bucks that a championship put into their coffers.

      Joe Paterno just found out how powerful he really is.
      He should have realized how powerful he could have been.
      For him to have exposed this immediately, he would have been the icon that Penn State holds him up as, or did.

      The winningest coach in college history took that record just a little too far.

  • Freedom, by the way

    I haven’t read the indictment. But as a parent, I cannot imagine this going unreported and I also can’t imagine working side-by-side with someone who I even suspected was a predator of children.

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