Lofunzo wrote: StlSluggers wrote:
Seriously, though... Imagine if you were still a college-aged dim wit, and you busted someone who is, for all intents and purposes, the person who holds the future of your burgeoning career in his hands. How eager would you be to go running to the police to be the only witness? It is entirely reasonable to wonder if that boy - only 10 years old - would not testify about his attacker, and it would be your word against your boss'. Of all the people who did wrong in this, I feel McQuery did the least wrong... if that distinction is possible. He was the first person, it would seem, to even open his mouth about this internally, and he did so directly to Joe Paterno of all people. I mean, at that age and point in your career, he had to feel pretty good that the great Joe Paterno believed him and took the issue to his
bosses. If that didn't get anything done, why would he think he could get anything done by himself?
But you also have to admit that it's more than suspicious that he attained such a powerful position within the team's management after all of this.
The whole situation just sucks hard.
He was older than that but your point is taken and what I was also referring to.
My father and I had almost this exact conversation on the way down to the Jets game Sunday night. He's a retired teacher who taught 'at risk' kids, and I also teach many of them now. I don't know if this is nationwide, but in NY teachers are mandated reporters. I was telling him how I can't imagine any instance where I wouldn't have a) stopped the attack and b) immediately told the police, and every other person possible. He started telling me about a few different instances where he didn't witness an attack, but was given either direct or indirect information regarding attacks (either the victim told him or the friend of a victim told him) and how on more than one occasion, when he immediately notified the administration, he was told not to go to police, that "it would be handled", etc. etc. because the district did not want to have public outcry, bad press, so on and so forth, at least until they had figured out how to "handle" it -- however, as a mandated reporter, he was required by law to contact CPS. In his earlier years, fearful of losing his job for directly disobeying his employer, and having to support a young child (my older brother; I wasn't born yet so this is 30+ years ago now) he said he wrote several anonymous letters to police, newspapers, etc. so that the information would get out, as it should. Now compound that from a small district in suburban New York to one of the biggest, fiscally productive programs, at a massive well renowned university, and the lines blur, if ever so slightly.
I guess the bottom line is that it's really easy for us to sit on the outside and say what we would or wouldn't do; because the answers seem really obvious -- however, being put in that scenario may not necessarily result in us doing precisely what we think we would. Not that we would handle it any way remotely as it were in this instance, just that a little self-reflection may be in order if push ever comes to shove.