After learning Penn State’s 46-season head coach Joe Paterno was fired Wednesday, students reacted in riot, which left Christian rapper Lecrae surprised by their reaction to the news.
“So there’s a riot because a coach is fired and not over a 10 yr old being molested? God save us,” the rapper shared via social media.
Joe Paterno, also referred to as JoePa, was fired from the school after failing to do all that he could to report the alleged abusive behavior of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse.
Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator, had founded a charity to help at-risk children and was working with young boys. He has been accused of molesting eight of them.
Mike McQueary, assistant coach, allegedly witnessed Sandusky’s abuse firsthand.
According to the Chicago Tribune, McQueary told a grand jury that while still a graduate assistant, he walked into the locker room and was “surprised to find the lights and showers on ... He saw a naked boy, Victim 2, whose age he estimated to be 10 years old, with his hands up against the wall."
After witnessing the event, McQueary left immediately and called his father. He did not try to stop the abuse that he was witnessing but left distraughtly. The next morning he reported what he had seen to Paterno.
Paterno failed to inform the police but reported the incident to two other university officials.
Paterno, along with the Penn State football program have been accused of looking the other way while the abuse continued.
With the incident being uncovered, grabbing media attention and Paterno facing much criticism for what some view as his help to cover the abuse, in an attempt to handle it in house, students along with Penn State fans acted in rage tipping over a lamppost and a news van when they found out about the firing of the head coach.
Expressing support for the coach, one supporter told CNN, “They’re going after the wrong guy."