Does Penn State Have Credibility Defining What a ‘Hate Group’ Is?
Students at Penn ‘Child Sex Abuse’ State have presented demands to the administration asking the president to defund conservative “campus hate groups.”
The Pennsylvania Student Power Network has joined forces with the United Socialists and other such left wing clubs to protest on Monday outside an adminstration building at one of the campuses of Pennsylvania State University. The students are upset that the school funds hundreds of clubs including ones associated with Turning Point USA and the Bull Moose Party.
Turning Point USA is a national liberty-oriented organization with local campus clubs. The Bull Moose Party is a center-left third party that was formed by President Teddy Roosevelt after losing the Republican nomination in 1912 to President Taft. The party hasn’t run a serious candidate since the 1920s
Petition on ‘Hate Groups’
The petition given by the students to President Eric Barron’s office called conservative organizations “hate groups” that “attracted avowed white nationalists to campus.” Unfortunately, everyone’s learned by now that “white nationalist” is just a buzzword for “person I disagree with.”
According to the petition, they demand that the campuses “formally and publicly denounce hate groups on and around campus.”
But, according to Penn State’s administration,
“TPUSA and the Bull Moose Party have not requested nor received any funding from the University Park Allocation Committee, the entity that distributes portions of the student-initiated fee for student organizations.”
So… the students are protesting nothing, and they did so across 21 of 24 campuses.
But being wrong is no reason to pipe down, and protester Leslie Johnson said that it’s also the responsibility of “right wing student organizations… to shut down hate and violence stemming from their own members.”
Pennsylvania State University
Founded in 1855, Penn State currently has almost 100,000 students over 24 campuses. They offer more than 160 majors and started as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania. In the 1870s, the school expanded from purely agricultural studies programs into a more classical education including engineering.
Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal
Starting in 2011, allegations of a covered-up child sex abuse scandal hit mainstream and international media. The two main players in the case were Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky.
Also known as JoePa, Paterno was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lion from 1966 to 2011. He was fired in 2011 due to the sex abuse scandal. Paterno died in 2012 at the age of 85.
Jerry Sandusky coached various lines for the Penn State team starting in 1969.
Rumors and Proof of Child Sex Abuse
Rumors about the child sexual abuse committed by Sandusky started in the late 1990s, and a janitor reported that he saw the man performing oral sex on a “boy” on the campus in the year 2000. In 2002, a grad assistant reported that he told Joe Paterno that he witnessed Sandusky rape a child in a campus shower in 2002, but nothing was done.
The Second Mile was a nonprofit for underprivileged youth and their parents which was founded by Sandusky in 1977 while he was assistant coach for the football team. It was later found that Sandusky had met every single one of his victims through this charity, which had raised millions through golf tournaments and through the corporation sponsorship of companies from Bank of America, to State Farm, to US Steel, to Pepsi, to Walmart. The charity has since been dissolved.
Jerry Sandusky was arrested on November 5th, 2011, and several other men at the school were charged with crimes relating to the case, including perjury, obstruction, and child endangerment. Paterno was fired within days, and the school’s president was kicked out as well. Students rioted on campus in response to the news.
In 2012, days after the death of Joe Paterno from lung cancer, Sandusky is found guilty of 45 abuse charges and was handed 30 to 60 years in prison.
According to a report approved by the school’s board of trustees,
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”
Finally A Statue Worth Removing: Joe Paterno
As part of the aftermath of the case, an on-campus statue of Joe Paterno was removed from outside Beaver Stadium. The events caused state lawmakers to approve six new bills that deal with the definition, investigation and punishment of child abuse crimes.
In 2015, civil settlements totaling over $60 million was claimed by around two dozen of the people who were made victims of Sandusky over the previous four decades.
So, Penn State — tell us again why you get to be a moral authority on anything.
Sources: Penn Live, Campus Reform.