December 23, 2012
Influence of Moral Reasoning
After reading the article “Fury Returns to Penn State” by Frank Fitzpatrick, the person I selected to write about is the ex-assistant coach Mike McQueary. Mike Queary witnessed Jerry Sandusky doing something horrible to a minor one night in the school locker room. With this knowledge, McQueary talked to his father about the incident then informed his superior, Joe Paterno, about what he witnessed in the locker room. The impact of McQueary affect more than just the rightfully accused but it also affected McQueary and Joe Paterno. Sandusky was fired and charged with the crime that he allegedly commited. Even though McQueary and Paterno did the right thing with informing their superiors on what was going on, they were both also fired. Paterno was fired because of his actions after he received the troubling information from McQueary. McQueary was fired because upon finding Sandusky doings with minors, he did not intervene and stop what was going on. If I was in the same position as Mike McQueary, I would have intervened in the situation and rescued the minor from the situation. At this point, there would be two things to think about, whether to inform the cops or my superiors first. I would first inform my superiors first on what I witnessed so they can have some way on protecting themselves and for the school to take some pre-emptive action on the situation before the law gets involved. Within a day or so, I would then report Sandusky to the police.My moral reasoning impacted my reasoning in this situation heavily because it involved the wellbeing of a minor. I have a child and I would not want another to not make sure my child is ok if there is a possibility for them to be hurt. I would inform the school first before the police because I have some obligation to the school so they can protect themselves.