The Penn State Board of Trustees finally appeared to do the right thing by firing coach Joe Paterno. But according to an article in USA Today, they did it in the best interests of the school. Here’s a quote from the vice-president of the board [italics mine]: "The current situation we are in at the moment is not in the university's best interest. We believe a change is necessary to allow us to continue going forward without further damage to the university. Great difficulties have engulfed our university.” Damage to the university? Great difficulties engulfed the university? What about the children?
Speaking of children, what is going on with the students at Penn State? I realize we aren’t talking about high intellect over at Happy Valley, but the moral compass and sense of priorties seem to be missing. Someone is wasting a lot of money on tuition. Check out these quotes from some of the rioters on campus via the New York Times.
“I think the point people are trying to make is the media is responsible for JoePa going down,” said a freshman, Mike Clark. Yes, the media did it. I guess if this hadn’t been exposed by the media, everything would be just fine at PSU.
“We got rowdy, and we got maced,” Jeff Heim, 19, said rubbing his red, teary eyes. “But make no mistake, the board started this riot by firing our coach. They tarnished a legend.” Oh, the board tarnished a legend. I see.
“It’s not fair,” Mr. [Justin] Muir said hurling a white ribbon. “The board is an embarrassment to our school and a disservice to the student population.” No, the students are an embarrassment to their school.
“Of course we’re going to riot,” he [Paul Howard] said. “What do they expect when they tell us at 10 o’clock that they fired our football coach?” Of course. There’s a big game this Saturday against Nebraska. How could they fire Joe now?
“This definitely looks bad for our school,” he [Greg Becker] said sprinting away from a cloud of pepper spray. At least this guy is on to something. It does look bad for the school.
The article said, “Mixed in the crowd were a few dissenting opinions.” But it seems the vast majority of the rioters were protesting the firing of their football coach.
Meanwhile, what about the children who were the victims? Where's the outrage for them?