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Penn State Scandal: A Penn State Student's Perspective

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Penn State students gather at Old Main, at the center of Penn State University's campus, to express solidarity with the alleged rape victims following a night of rioting in response to the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal November 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. 14,000 students took to the streets to express their feelings about the handling of the situation. Paterno was fired amid allegations that former former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse.  (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
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Ryan SimonCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2011

It's taken me a few days to sit down and actually write this article, and my hope is that everyone reading takes something away from this. 

This whole situation has been extremely hard on everyone involved. 

Let me start off by saying the main focus should go to the victims who were affected by this ordeal, and their families who have bared the burden of this scandal.

This is what we should be talking about, but this main focus has gotten lost. 

Joe Paterno has become the scapegoat for the media. 

The man who has built Penn State from a local university to a national brand has gotten the full-on blame for Jerry Sandusky's actions.

Yes, Joe Pa should've done more. No one is debating that. And if you are, read the grand jury report.

What disgusted me, and some rioters this past Wednesday, was how Joe Pa got fired. 

How do you fire the man who dedicated over 60 years of his life to the your school over the damn phone?

That's just absolutely ridiculous. 

Have some class, people.

The Penn State I knew would've had the courage to look Joe Pa in the face, explain the situation and then do what had to be done.

Not make some phone call in which Joe Pa was told he was "relieved of his duties."

If the allegations are true, Joe Pa was wrong, Sandusky was wrong, Graham Spanier was wrong, Mike McQueary was wrong, Tim Curley was wrong and Gary Schultz was wrong.

Every single one of them was wrong, wrong, wrong.

But why was Schultz allowed to resign?

Why did Curley get the option to leave?

Why did Joe Pa not get that same option?

It's not fair, and it's not right.

If you're not a Penn State student, then you have no idea how anyone of us feels. 

I'm sick and tired of people who have no idea what it feels like chiming in with their two cents. You don't know, don't talk about it. 

I don't care how you spin it, Joe Pa deserved better.

Much, much better.

I know, those kids deserved better as well. I'm not arguing that. 

I know in the comment section, some people may think I'm being bias as a PSU student. 

Well, who wouldn't? If you grew up around State College, or you have attended this school at some point in time, you know what Joe Pa means to this school.

The way Joe Pa was fired, and the way it was covered up, shows everything that's wrong with the world today.

Where's the human decency here? Why does the man who made Penn State what it is now get fired over the phone?

Why was this situation covered up? Where's the moral compass? How can you see what you saw in that shower and not pursue it further?

So many people are to blame, but we've lost sight of that. 

Joe Pa, because of who he is, is being held to a higher standard.

He should be, and him not coaching this Saturday is probably the right move. 

I just don't like the way it was handled, like how the entire alleged Sandusky situation was handled for a long, long time.

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