Penn State officials have removed Joe Paterno’s statue from sight. Of course this decision comes with all the controversy that has surrounded Jerry Sandusky’s perverted criminal acts. It is said and believed that Joe Paterno turned a blind eye to all of the molestation taking place.
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The statue of Penn State’s late, disgraced former football coach Joe Paterno has been taken down, after university officials announced early Sunday their decision to remove it.
“I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, coach Paterno’s statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university and beyond,” university president Rodney Erickson said in a statement. “I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.”
The decision comes on the heels of a damning 267-page report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh–which concluded Paterno concealed information about former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of underage boys–and a day before the NCAA announces sanctions against the school and its football program.
Early Sunday, construction workers placed a blue moving blanket over the statue’s head outside Beaver Stadium on the State College, Pa., campus.
“As the sun came up,” the Centre Daily Times wrote on its website, “the Joe Paterno statue began coming down”:
Jackhammers rattled behind a metal fence covered by a blue tarp. The statue was tied to a forklift. The fence shielded the statue, covered in clear plastic and protective packaging materials. The statue was removed at 8:24 a.m. The forklift carried it into the stadium as about a dozen workers followed. A moment later, a man in the crowd started a “We are Penn State” chant. After it finished, another man yelled, “We love you, Joe.”
The 900-pound statue will be placed in storage in a “secure location,” the university said.
It’s about time!!