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Disgrace: Penn State Students Run Wild After Paterno Firing

If I were the parent of a current Penn State student my child would be removed from that university today. How can people in good conscience behave like this after what anyone with a soul knows was the appropriate thing to do?

There’s clearly a total breakdown of institutional control and the idea that kids would take to the street in an ugly demonstration after what has transpired this week shows education may be the last item on the agenda at this now-disgraced university.

Thousands of enraged Penn State students tore through the streets of State College, Pa., overnight to protest the firing of Joe Paterno after the longtime head football coach was removed from his position effective immediately.

Amid chants of “We want JoePa,” “One more game” and “F*** the media!,” rioting students flipped over a television van, knocked a lamppost onto a car, threw toilet tissue and rocks at police and set off fireworks.

Police met the rioting crowds with tear gas as it became clear that the army of officers, who were out in riot gear, were far outnumbered by students. Every local police department in the county contributed officers to the effort to control the crowd, along with state police and the county sheriff’s department.

Several students directed their rage at the media by overturning over a satellite van belonging to a local CBS affiliate, breaking its windows and threatening to burn it amid chants.

Great. So let’s blame the media, huh? How about blaming the monster Sandusky? How would these zombies feel if their little brothers were being sodomized by some pervert?

It’s just sick. This behavior is just senseless.

The student reaction to Paterno’s dismissal did Penn State no favors. (The board made a good call by firing Paterno. But announcing it at 10 PM wasn’t smart). Students swarmed the campus to support Paterno, chanting “Joe Can’t Go,” “We Want Joe” and “F__k the Trustees.” The scene got chaotic: students ripped down light posts, and threw rocks at a news van, smashing its windows. They then flipped the van over. Around 100 police in riot gear confronted students, and used pepper spray to control the crowd bu there were no reports of arrests.

You can chalk a portion of this behavior to college silliness. But a large swath of students felt wronged by Paterno’s dismissal. If there’s one image that speaks to America’s twisted relationship to college sports, it’s the Penn State pro-Paterno rallies. Football before all. Lives were likely ruined at the hands of a possible predator, thanks in no small part to Paterno. Yet it’s Paterno who must go out “with dignity.”

Now it’s going from bad to worse. If this is true the Pennsylvania State University may need decades to restore credibility.

“I can give you a rumor and I can give you something I think might happen,” Madden told John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. “I hear there’s a rumor that there will be a more shocking development from the Second Mile Foundation — and hold on to your stomachs, boys, this is gross, I will use the only language I can — that Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors. That was being investigated by two prominent columnists even as I speak.”

It’s quite obvious dating back to the first stories of Sandusky’s behavior they were more interested in protecting their brand than they were in pursuing justice. Well, now justice is pursuing them.

Parents of the idiots out ther rioting may want to have a long talk with their kids. They’re paying enough for an education but clearly aren’t learning anything.

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JWF is a guest blogger for Human Events and the proprietor of Jammie Wearing Fools.

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