Penn State moved swiftly in their decision to take down the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium, in lou of JoePa’s proven and documented refusal to act on behalf of children, who he knew had been sexually abused by his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Penn State president Rodney Erikson announced the statue, of a man who he called a “revered figure” would be removed, but that Joe Paterno’s name would remain on the campus library.
“I now believe that, contrary to is original intention, Coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university and beyond,” Erickson said in his 592-word statement. “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.”
The area around the statue was fenced and tarped off, during the removal, as to not offend the one-hundred plus, delusional Penn State fans that apparently support sexual child abuse and the concealment of said sexual child abuse, which lead to further sexual child abuse, who came out to chant, “we are Penn State.”
The Paterno family, who also refuses to recognize that their name and Joe’s memory now invoke negative and disturbing feelings, have decided it’s still not time to shut up, and again made a statement:
“[the statue’s removal] does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State community,” said the Paterno’s, who vowed to hold their own investigation following the release of the Freeh report. “We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth.”
I’m confident that the family will be completely forth coming with any and all negative information yielded from their personal investigation, which, of course, they are holding to find
any possible positive spin out what really happened.
The 900lb bronze statue was removed with jack hammers and lifted onto a truck, which took it into the the stadium for further storage. Because the area was fenced off, we were not able to see the statues being brought down, but I’m sure it looked something like this.