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Diatribe, Take 2

Note: I just realized I wrote on this topic last November, and frankly, I think I made my point better back then. If you’d like to read it, just click here. It’s all I’ve been hearing the last few days, on social media and from acquaintances, through the interactions David has over the course of his work day: “I don’t want to hear any more about this Sandusky business. Just tell me when it’s over.” People are annoyed, up in arms. How can they be calling this trial such a big deal? they ask. How dare the news interrupt a television program to just tell me the jury is finished deliberating for the night! they fume. People are tired of it. They’re sick of the coverage. Just make it go away, they’re saying. They don’t want to listen to accusations and the testimonies and the controversy anymore. But we must listen. We must have knowledge of patterns of violence, we need to understand the warning signs, see the holes in bureaucracy where innocent children can slip through, unnoticed, ignored. I don&#8217…

Diatribe

That’s it.  Glee just put me over the edge.   These past 24 hours have given me enough reason to pack my children up and move to the Himalayas until they’re 21. Hideous, horrible details keep falling out of the awful mess that is the Sandusky/Penn State scandal.  I’m not going to recap them all, because anyone who has a news channel app on his smartphone, or listens to ESPN radio, or lives where we do, where there’s a Nittany Lion sticker on every other car, knows the details as soon as they hit the wire.  But the piece that actually has brought tears to my eyes is the growing number of people who learned of or knew what was (yes, allegedly, but c’mon) happening to these little boys and didn’t do anything about it.  No one stopped an instance of abuse when he saw it happening.  No one called the police.   There is a rage that fills my heart that feels an awful lot like hurt and pity. Children trusted adults, and were failed by coaches and university administrators. A local elementary school teacher who plead guilty…