• Tue, Nov 22 2011

Penn State Sandusky Victim Leaves School After Bullying

The Penn State sex abuse scandal, in which former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually assaulting eight young boys over a 15-year period, is unthinkable. As is the fact that angry students rioted on the streets in support of Joe Paterno, the 84-year-old football coach who got fired moments after announcing his retirement. But even more unthinkable is the fact that one of Sandusky’s alleged victims, referred to simply as Victim One, has left his school because of bullying.

PennLive.com reports that the 17-year-old student had to leave Central Mountain High School in the middle of his senior year because of bullying, according to his counselor. Why was he bullied? Because fellow students were unhappy about Paterno’s firing and so they decided to blame his victim. The students reportedly called him names and made verbal threats, which was just too much for this poor kid to handle. And so he dropped out.

I just can’t imagine how someone – never mind a whole group of people – could be capable of such cruelty. This teen has endured what no child should should ever have to go through. If his claims are true, this is a person who survived sexual abuse and had the courage to come forward. In response, he gets picked on by his classmates. Over football. Football.

At this point, I’m wondering what steps school officials took to prevent this from happening – or at least stopping it once they were made aware of the situation (I’m also wondering how these bullies’ parents handled it, if at all). Mike Gillum, the psychologist helping the 17-year-old family, told the Patriot-News that officials at the school were not providing guidance for students who blamed the student for Paterno’s firing.

According to Gillum, the student is drawing strength from the other alleged victims who have come forward after he did. “He feels good about that,” said Gillum. “That’s the one good thing that’s come of all this.”

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  • Jen

    Wow. Just wow. Sometimes there are no words for how ugly people are.

  • Z

    “If his claims are true, this is a person who survived sexual abuse and had the courage to come forward.”

    If? IF??? Why would somebody lie about something like this? Do you even realize how many people DON’T have the courage to come forward because people like you say shit like “IF their claims are true?” The poor kid has enough on his plate right now, without people like you doubting him.

    • Z

      And, for the record, I AM a victim and survivor of sexual assault, so this hits very close to home. I had to go to court twice because one person on the jury said “IF,” even after the physical evidence was presented. So, pardon me if I’m a little resentful of your tactless comment.

    • Shawna Cohen

      Hi Z. I wrote “if” because right now these are all allegations against Sandusky. When his trial is over, I’m sure I’ll be using different terminology.

    • Z

      With all due respect, fuck you and your terminology. You make me sick.

  • Megan Breaux

    I found (from an INCREDIBLY unlikely source) a well composed and well researched blog post that essentially outlines the link between homophobic organizations in which adults have “ultimate authority” over children and pedophilia. I think if more people understood the reality that pedophilia is incur able, dangerous, and facilitated by these organizations, more of them would come under scrutiny. Click here to read it for yourself http://bit.ly/tNvUjh .

  • Adam

    Penn State has been exposed for what it is: a terrible place to send ANY children, whether they are 10 or 18. The vast majority of students have shown themselves to be vapid neanderthals, either by ignorant rioting, sadistic bullying of rape victims, or by flooding the message boards with “WE ARE PENN STATE HUH HUH HUH!” They have to learn this behavior somewhere, and I would start by looking at the faculty.

  • http://www.mysafetydefense.com/ Raymond Torres

    I would not let my kids go to school there