Leadership, Ramblings

Responses to Penn State Students’ Response to Paterno’s Firing

Fascinating article from NY Times reporting on the outlandish idiotic fascinating thoughts from Penn State students on the firing of Joe Paterno.

Here are a few thoughts in response to these students:

“I think the point people are trying to make is the media is responsible for JoePa going down,” said a freshman, Mike Clark, 18, adding that he believed that Mr. Paterno had met his legal and moral responsibilities by telling university authorities about an accusation that Mr. Sandusky assaulted a boy in a university shower in 2002.

Nope, the media is not responsible for JoePa’s “going down,” JoePa is responsible. That’s why he was fired.

“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.”

Nope, the board didn’t start the riot, you did. The legend was tarnished by his own bad decisions.

“It’s not fair,” Mr. Muir said hurling a white ribbon. “The board is an embarrassment to our school and a disservice to the student population.”

Nope, toilet papering campus is an embarrassment to your school and a disservice to your student reputation. And you’ll wish you hadn’t given your name to this reporter in a year or two (if not later today).

Greg Becker, 19, a freshman studying computer science, said he felt he had to vent his feelings anyway.

“This definitely looks bad for our school,” he said sprinting away from a cloud of pepper spray. “I’m sure JoePa wouldn’t want this, but this is just an uproar now, we’re finding a way to express our anger.”

Good logic – “we’re mad and we don’t know what to do so we’ll throw a fit.”

Paul Howard, 24, an aerospace engineering student, jeered the police.

“Of course we’re going to riot,” he said. “What do they expect when they tell us at 10 o’clock that they fired our football coach?”

Ummm….expect that you act like adults?

Other students expressed sadness instead of anger. Kathryn Simpson walked crying arm-in-arm with a friend.

“I’m here because I just need to be with the rest of my school right now,” she said. “This is devastating for us.”

Sad that what’s devastating is the firing of your football coach, not the horrid abuse of children that happened under your coach’s watch.


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