I just a little fixated on this story now. I think the thing that just won’t let me go of it is that so very many people had to know something was hinky, so very many people did know something was hinky, and on and on and on it went. And I do not believe for a second that the first victim we know about is the first victim. I just don’t. People don’t start molesting kids in their 50s.
But one of the other things that fascinates me is, again, that stain of evil. It’s not just the overt evil acts. It’s the corruption that comes with it.
On the second page of this story in the New York Times, it says,
According to a person with knowledge of the 2002 episode, the graduate student who made the report — first to Paterno and later to Curley and others — is Mike McQueary, a former Penn State quarterback who now serves as a senior assistant to Paterno.
Here are the questions I have now. How does McQueary have any assurance that he has his job because he was best suited for it and not because he was being rewarded for not rocking the boat too much? How does anyone in the Penn State community have that assurance? We’re supposed to believe that McQueary saw a dude raping a child, was so upset about it that he called his dad, reported it to Paterno personally, and then never mentioned it again? Never, in his position as senior assistant to Paterno said “Penn State, don’t let that evil fuck host his football caps here?” Or said to his boss, “Joe, you’ve got to keep that evil fuck away from kids.” Or anything? It never, ever came up again?
I understand completely how you, as a graduate assistant, freak the fuck out and don’t think to call the police. I don’t think it’s the right thing to do, but I understand how it happens. How do you take a job with an organization you know covers for a child-raper?
How do you feel remotely okay about letting ANY young people put their safety and well-being into the hands of people you know for a fact don’t care enough about the children their colleague raped to even call the police? To try to find the children?
The callousness of it is just stunning. McQueary is one of the people who actually tried to do something right and this is how this evil bullshit taints him.
I can’t help but wonder what else is rippling through the community that we just don’t know about. Yet.