The abysmal failure of PSU leaders affects us all
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We have all been rocked by the Sandusky scandal. As the parent of a recent graduate and current student, the impact of events in State College has hit particularly close to home. It is important to remind ourselves that the events that occurred were not incidents involving the Penn State students or the Penn State student athletes, although it is the students and the student athletes who will likely suffer the most as a result of the black mark on the reputation of the university.
Although the particular events are horrifying by their very nature, it is the impact that those events have had on not only the specific victims but also our community as a whole that I hope will leave an indelible and lasting impression on all of us.
Through education as well as life experience much is learned. It is not only through books, lectures and classrooms that knowledge is gained. Life experiences can be the best source of education. Most important, we must learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others.
Leaders are supposed to lead and lead by example. The leadership at Penn State who had knowledge of the Jerry Sandusky incidents failed not only Penn State but also the student body and our society as a whole. That failure has scarred not only the school but also our entire educational system and, thus, each of our communities.
The lessons learned are simple. We all learned them while growing up. First, do the right thing and the right things will happen. Second, if it looks like a duck, it probably is a duck. If those in power would consistently do the right thing, the world would be a better place.
Upper St. Clair
First Published July 18, 2012 12:00 am