A Dead Legacy: Penn State Removes the Joe Paterno Statue
Penn State University President Rodney Erickson has requested that a statue honoring the late Joe Paterno be taken down immediately. He says that the statue is ”a source of division and an obstacle to healing.”
“For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location,” Erickson said. “I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.”
The statue removal process has begun and it should no longer be standing by the start of this week. Some observers wondered how the university planned to honor Paterno in light of the proof that he conspired with others to cover up the activities of Jerry Sandusky, who has been convicted of having s*x with children, sometimes on campus property. Three high-ranking university officials have been implicated in the cover-up, along with Paterno.
The school still has a library named after Paterno, but there are no plans to change that. Erickson says that it will remain untouched because Paterno deserves credit for helping to build a strong academic legacy at the school. Some are also saying that Paterno should be forced to vacate any wins he earned during the time that he wasn’t supposed to be coaching. That would make legendary Grambling Coach Eddie Robinson the all-time leader in coaching wins. Paterno had just one more win than Robinson and the scandal broke two weeks after he broke Robinson’s record.
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