Education Dept. to investigate Penn State
The pressure against the Penn State football dynasty has been applied. If losing your head coach to sexual abuse allegations isn’t embarrassment enough, now the Education department will spark an investigation to see if there was a “cover-up”. If your not familar with the scandal, let me recap this weekend’s unfortunate find. Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested over the weekend and charged with alleged sexual abuse of young boys. Authorities also arrested two other two university officials who they say lied to a grand jury about what they knew and failed to report the allegations to police. All three are proclaiming their innocence at this time.
The AP Reports:
“Colleges and universities must report the number of crimes on campus and provide warnings if safety is threatened.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the allegations, if true, are a tragedy for the boys. He says it would be even worse if officials knew about the abuse and didn’t report it.
The Office of Financial Aid is conducting the investigation. The Office of Civil Rights also is considering whether it should investigate.”
Reported yesterday, Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican from Pennsylvania, called on the Department of Education to investigate.
“Aside from the charges against individuals – we need to look at whether a federal law that requires colleges and universities to report crimes on campus was broken,” Meehan sad in his statement. “The failure to report the incident in 2002 appears to violate this law and breaks Penn State’s own reporting methods for sexual abuse on campus. Even more upsetting is the fact that had university officials reported this to authorities, additional abuses could have been prevented.”
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