Penn State Scandal

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The Jerry Sandusky case had a major impact on Penn State. It affected both academics and athletics in a major way. In this essay I will discuss the situation that occurred and the impact that the social media had on this once great school.

Jerry Sandusky is a retired American football coach. He was the assistant coach at Pennsylvania State University under the legendary Joe Paterno for 30 years. He was the defensive coordinator for the football team. He is also the founder of The Second Mile. The Second Mile is a non-profit organization that serves underprivileged youth. This is where Jerry Sandusky had met many of his victims. On November 5th, 2011, Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sex crimes against young boys.

An investigation took place in 2008 by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office. The charges were initiated at Clinton County High School. At the school a student had made accusations of sexual abuse against Sandusky. The investigation had reached another level of importance when it was realized that the accusations were not a secluded set of events, but was a strategy formulated by Sandusky to lure young boys through his Second Mile organization. An indictment came after a three year investigation that looked into the accusations make against Sandusky having inappropriate exchanges with a young boy over the course of four years.

The grand jury had identified eight young boys that had experienced sexual advances or sexual favors by Sandusky from 1994-2009. There were at least 20 incidents that occurred while Sandusky was employed at Penn State. According to one of the indictments, Mike McQueary, who at the time was a Penn State grad student reported to Joe Paterno that he had seen Jerry Sandusky having intercourse with a ten year old boy. Joe Paterno then failed to report this incident to authorities. Joe Paterno, along with many of the Penn State University officials had tried to cover Jerry Sandusky’s acts which...
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