Penn State Failed. Allegedly.

What happened at Penn State is horrific.crying-nittany-lion

The victims, families, coaches, players, students, professors, and good people of Happy Valley will never be the same.

Especially after the hundreds of hours of trials we are all about to watch (this may make the OJ case look tame).

But there is something we can all learn from this tragedy (way too little… way too late).

We all think we know what good looks like.

We think we know what evil looks like.

The truth is we don’t.

Heroes and villains are very cut and dry when you are a kid.

Or at least they should be.

The white hats are good.

The black hats are bad.

But as we get older this gets blurry.

It turns out the world is way more gray than black and white.

This is okay for adults, but not for kids.

This is where the leaders of Penn State failed.

I’m sorry, allegedly failed.

If you work at a school, you have one obligation above and beyond your day-to-day job.

You aren’t there just to teach.  Or coach.  Or look after the finances.

There’s one job.

And one job only.

To keep children safe.

Everything else is extra.

Penn State failed in this regard.


They began to think their job was to have a successful football team.

And market a safe university.

And keep alumni happy and proud.

They forget their real job.

The safety of children.

At least they allegedly forgot.

There is a reason we are Mandated Reporters and not Suggested Reporters.  I also wonder how much Penn State will have to pay before this is over.  $50 million?  $100 million?  More?

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