properly followed the school's reporting statute and is not an object of the investigation. Despite that fact, many are saying that Paterno is losing a public opinion battle. We want to hear your thoughts: Is the criticism of Joe Paterno justified?"> properly followed the school's reporting statute and is not an object of the investigation. Despite that fact, many are saying that Paterno is losing a public opinion battle. We want to hear your thoughts: Is the criticism of Joe Paterno justified?"> properly followed the school's reporting statute and is not an object of the investigation. Despite that fact, many are saying that Paterno is losing a public opinion battle. We want to hear your thoughts: Is the criticism of Joe Paterno justified?"> Your thoughts: Is the criticism of Joe Paterno justified? | News | witf.org
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Your thoughts: Is the criticism of Joe Paterno justified?

Written by witf | Nov 7, 2011 7:30 PM

Former Penn State defensive coordinator and founder of the Second Mile nonprofit that operates programs for young people, Jerry Sandusky, is facing child sex charges. A grand jury found eight young men were the targets of either sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky from 1994 to 2009. All of the victims were participants in Second Mile activities.

Sandusky has been charged with 40 counts, including four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and endangering the welfare of a child.

Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley, 57, and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz, 62, are also charged in the case. The two are facing counts of perjury and failure to report child abuse.

State Attorney General Linda Kelly has said that Coach Joe Paterno properly followed the school's reporting statute and is not an object of the investigation. Despite that fact, many are saying that Paterno is losing a public opinion battle. For example, The Fabulous Forum blog on the Los Angeles Times' website has called for Paterno to resign in the wake of the scandal. Additionally, Ryan Cooper wrote on the Washington Posts' website that Paterno must go.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Is the criticism of Joe Paterno justified? Do you think he should resign? Or did he properly follow Penn State's protocol for reporting such incidents, and therefore he should not be implicated along with his colleagues? Please post your thoughts in the comments section below.

(Photo of Joe Paterno statue by Flickr Creative Commons User audreyjm529)

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