Penn State Made a Mistake Yes, but We All Make Mistakes
We are Penn State
I am a Pennsylvania girl, born and raised. So here goes, I feel a need to reflect on the Penn State scandal. I must begin with the fact that I do agree and understand the importance of holding the powers that be accountable for their part in this scandal. I am also aware of the devastating imprint this cover-up has made on many. It is a most heartbreaking and sadly life-changing issue that will impede lives, for years to come. I am utterly sympathetic to the utter disgrace these actions made by those entrusted with the education of our future workforce and leaders have made. This horrible neglect and covering of abuses of young people are in a word, wrong!
I am, however, equally distraught that we continue to destroy the lives of many young people following newfound dreams in the wake of this storm. I would never condone the actions of leaders who denied the need to act and act quickly to protect innocent victims. I find it heart wrenching, because they have taken care of that, were involved. The courts have spoken; the sinner is paying his price. Those that had a part in these sins, by omission, or blatant ignorance, have met with their punishments. And Joe Pa has passed from this life; his reputation is in ruin, his family and previous students are in pain.
This last point saddens me. I suppose you could say I have very mixed feelings about how they dealt with the situation overall. Yes, Joe Pa was part of the disgrace, but he was also not the physical offender, and he did much for the students and the future of those attending Penn State. He was also a big part of the school becoming a unified family with strength and spirit. I do not believe in any way he was blameless, but he suffered an extreme attack, and we are to forgive even the greatest of sins.
Never should they be repeated or not addressed, but to continue to make innocents suffer is again in a word, wrong. I find it an additional disgrace to punish more young people for the fault of the older generations, errors.
Forgiveness is Key to a Future of Hope
There is importance in not allowing such a horrible offense to disappear as it had a severe impact on the past, present, and future, a stain that has impacted many lives.
But, we are still impacting the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of innocents that had dreams of attending Penn State. They had football dreams from the youngest of ages. They worked tirelessly to prepare for a chance to be on a football team in their college years. Now, these students who have warranted a scholarship or option to further their life goals utilizing football or for that matter, an accredited institution is in serious upheaval.
These kids deserve a chance some are affected by the loss of even the smallest of financial support. In some cases, the dream of an education is taken away if a school's accreditation is under consideration or removed, as it may be the only school available to them. Why is it in any way fair to make more young people suffer?
Why are we not aware that even with sin's of a part, it is possible to forgive? It is important to remember, and it is necessary to heal and move on. This offense remains an issue that is damaging future lives, and it continues to be wrong.
Our God is forgiving, He is the final judge, and He has forgiven you. We can learn from Him. We must allow the future to heal in His love, and we can create a new Penn State once again with integrity. So many have come from this institution, and they are Christians changing the world in their daily walks. Here is to hoping we allow more students to learn and grow; after all, God doesn't want us all in one place, we have work to do, for Him.
© 2012 Kathy Henderson