Senior Penn State Staff Resign

Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz (who was in charge of the campus police amongst other things at State College) have both stepped down amid allegations that they knew about child molestation charges against Jerry Sandusky and lied about it.

According to State College.com, under-pressure university president Graham Spanier has announced safety steps to stop this sort of thing happening again including a "review of police reporting protocols", although it's very possible he won't be around to integrate them.

Of course, these new regulations are a complete joke - since they should have been in place when there are risks of child abuse (and that, unfortunately, is when older men are in the company of younger ones (ie in school, college and university sports teams) - as the incidents have already allegedly happened. It's kinda like saying: "Apart from that Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?"

But Spanier might not even be around to help with the regulations' integration, as there is huge pressure on him to resign - as there is Joe Paterno.

Paterno made this statement about the allegations:

"If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters. While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can’t help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred.

Sue and I have devoted our lives to helping young people reach their potential. The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling. If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families. They are in our prayers.

As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.

I understand that people are upset and angry, but let’s be fair and let the legal process unfold. In the meantime I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are."

Scott Paterno, who's acting as JoePa's spokesman in all of this told ESPN: "... When he was first told this (in 2002), he was 75. This was so far from what he could possibly conceive of. You come back to him now, he's 84. It's so outside of what he can even imagine.

"This guy grew up in a Norman Rockwell painting and wanted to live in one in State College," Scott Paterno said about his father. "The sad reality is, even in Norman Rockwell paintings, there's the back side of the painting. It's just a very dark, ugly thing that happened around us that we didn't see."