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.
I have enough beefs with the media, but in this case how are they at fault for anything? Nobody at Penn State has provided any answers for days after the discovery of one of the most outrageous scandals to ever hit college sports. It’s a worldwide story and people want information. And now these idiots think it’s OK to go riot after Paterno is justifiably fired?
This is acceptable behavior, acting like a feral mob?
Completely senseless, and I hope the authorities identify these submoronic twits and prosecute them.
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.”
There’s plenty of blame to go around here, but let’s first focus on the monster Jerry Sandusky, and concern ourselves with his victims.
Speaking of twits, what is it with these celebutards on Twitter?
Ashton Kutcher was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after tweeting that the sacking of Joe Paterno showed ‘no class’ and was an ‘insult’ to his legacy.
At about 12.30am this morning, he wrote on his official account: ‘How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye [the University of Iowa football team] fan I find it in poor taste.’
Within minutes the term Jo Pa, a misspelt nickname of the legendary football coach, was trending on the social networking site as thousands of users ripped into the Two and a Half Men star.
Every idiot out there rioting should be forced to read this and then tell us why they’re rioting.