Thursday, November 10, 2011

Who Has Been Forgotten?

As I watch the news of the horrible Penn State scandal unravel, my mind is full of so many thoughts. School boards scurry to meet to decide what should be done. Thousands of students took to the streets last night in protest as they pushed over news vans in their outrage. Coaches offer news conferences to plea their side of the story in public opinion. People trying to understand how such a thing could ever happen in the first place.

I have no problem with people assembling to make their voice heard. That's what being a college student is about as you come into your own as an adult and offer the world your opinions. My problem is the amount of protesting in honor of those faces we continue to see on the news that have become beloved people by many who have passed through the halls of Penn State.

But what about the kids?

Who is rallying for them and causing an outrage over the fact that their childhood was (allegedly) completely robbed? That adults could know this was going on and not go to the police is completely unfathomable to me. If you know and keep that secret among the ranks of your internal circle and not bring to the authorities - you've wronged that child again. Adults can fend for themselves. They don't need you to keep secrets for them to protect them. Children are the ones that need protection. And while a criminal investigation must now take place, would you want those that were involved (in any way/shape/form) to be allowed to hold positions of power in a higher educational institution where your children were attending? I'm not a parent, but I can answer that will a resounding 'no'. I would want them removed from the place while the authorities did their job. I would want those college students to learn at their age that decisions have consequences and they are better off to learn that now. 

And perhaps, just maybe...a student tipping that news van might decide to take a new path in their own lives. One that involves child advocacy in some way. A way to make the voices of those young boys heard to counter the cries of wrong doing towards a beloved coach. 

Someone has to speak up for the forgotten. I hope and pray that among those thousands protesting - some of them are thinking of those kids.