Regardless of the information reported in the news media we know very little about the sexual assault allegations swirling around former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. What we do know to date is that someone dropped the ball. The failure of coach Joe Paterno
assistant coach Mike McQueary, athletic director Tim Curley
and senior vice president Gary Schulz to fully investigate alleged child sexual violence was a major fumble. Who’s
responsibility was it anyway? Does it really matter? No doubt the university has a written policy regarding such issues as sexual harassment and sexual violence. Even if it doesn’t it seems clear that each of these individuals knows
the difference between right and wrong. Nothing justifies their silence. Absolutely nothing. We are talking about grown men with the ability to distinguish right from wrong.
Clearly each man, assuming the allegations are factual, suffered a major lapse in judgement. I am hard pressed to label their lack of judgement a moral failing. One would hope,if presented with a similar set of circumstances, that the clear choice would be obvious. What I do know is that there is no excuse for the failure of the individuals and the university to speedily respond and investigate the alleged abuse and rape of children.