Did Joe Paterno do what he was legally and morally obligated to do?
Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:40:22 GMT —
There's a debate raging across the country about Penn State's head football coach.
Joe Paterno said Wednesday he'll retire at the end of this year amid allegations that he knew his assistant coach was abusing children.
In a 23 page report, a grand jury indicted Jerry Sandusky on charges he sexually abused boys as young as seven years old.
Paterno was made aware of the accusations in 2002. He reported the situation to his superior, but never went to police.
Mary Mcloud and Daved Kaynard work together at The Daisy Fair Flowers.
And as they work on their arrangements, no topic is off limits. "We've conquered world peace in here," said Daved.
But while their workspaces are only five feet from each other, their opinions are often miles apart.
"I'm probably a little more contemporary in my thoughts, well let's say more liberal, a lot more liberal," said Daved.
But when it comes to the grand jury report that says Paterno knew of the allegations against Sandusky, those differing opinions are for once in agreement.
"It should have been looked into way before now," said Mary.
"People want issues like this done immediately. Not, 'oh let's check into this.'," said Daved.
We asked Horry County's assistant solicitor, Jerry Richardson, if Paterno broke the law by not reporting what he knew to police. Richardson says legally that's all Paterno is required to do.
"He has probably done the bare minimum that would keep him from being charged criminally."
But children's victim advocate Gary Billington says for a man in his position, Paterno has a greater moral obligation.
"Beyond just making a report, in other words kicking it upstairs to somebody and knowing that it had happened or it was going on, he should have followed through, followed up on it. Nothing happened."
And that's what has Mary and Daved frustrated - the lack of action - and how that may have affected innocent children.
"I think about them, and it makes it even sadder," said Mary.
What do you think about Paterno's legal and moral obligations in this case? Leave your comment below.