July 12th, 2012
12:18 PM ET

Reactions to Penn State report flood social media

Penn State University bashers and supporters alike took to Twitter and Facebook on Thursday when the report on an internal probe into the school's child sex abuse scandal was released.

Lavar Arrington, a former Penn State player, responded on Twitter after reading the report.

[tweet https://twitter.com/LaVarArrington/status/223431780919820288%5D

The probe found that top university officials, including former President Graham Spanier and then-head football coach Joe Paterno, concealed child sex abuse by ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky  and showed a "total and consistent disregard" for his victims. The concealment was meant to "avoid the consequences of bad publicity," the report said.

Penn State leaders disregarded victims, 'empowered' Sandusky, review finds

The probe's leader, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, said that ex-athletic director Tim Curley consulted with Paterno following allegations against Sandusky and "they changed the plan and decided not to make a report to the authorities."

Key players in the Penn State report

This, the report found, resulted in a failure to protect Sandusky's victims or warn the public about his behavior.

How the Sandusky case unraveled

Heated conversations immediately began on Penn State's Facebook page.

"The only important part of that report are the recommendations for the FUTURE! We need to all take a lesson from this, learn from some mistakes and use the recommendations to move on to make PSU a stronger place. It makes no sense discussing what happened in the past and what emails were sent. Complaining about the past does not make for a strong future!" Joey Schwartz wrote.

Controversy has swirled around how much Paterno knew concerning Sandusky's abuse, and given the report's findings, was a popular thread for commenters.

"You are all giving a bad name to the school and current students like myself. Time to swallow your pride and recognize that JoePa made very grave mistakes, and even he probably didn't understand the gravity of them at the time. This is undeniable proof that not only did he fail to act, but he influenced the decisions to report Sandusky to the authorities," Sean McFarlane posted.

"It's not a complete, unbiased report. Period," Bettina Kline wrote.

"This is not an idictment of Penn State students and Alum or even most of the people who work there. This is an idictment of its leadership and administration. Penn State students and Alums can keep their heads held high if you do the right thing and that is stop worshiping a man and althletic program that failed to protect innocent children. If you can do that then you have nothing to be ashamed of," Mike Carlson posted.

"If my degree was from Penn State, I would sue to get my tuition back," Jonathan Hubbard wrote.

"I'm so shocked (not) that Penn State throws a man who is not here to defend himself under the bus. I find it very convenient that the ones trying to avoid damning themselves blame the one who is dead. Why didn't anyone do anything? The truth will never be known. The whole thing is sick," Rhonda Head said, referring to Paterno's death in January.

"Launching a private investigation, spending 10 million plus on lawyers and PR... Why not just admit mistakes were made and move on. Use that money towards our education please" Alex Pawelski shared.

Darren Rovell, a sports business reporter, was one of many taking to Twitter with an immediate reaction.

[tweet https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/223404083560726528%5D

He also shared this update later:

[tweet https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/223460937502425089%5D

Former Ohio State and New York Giants football player Jason Winrow tweeted this in response.

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Charles Robinson, senior investigative reporter for Yahoo! Sports, speculated on Penn State's future given the findings.

[tweet https://twitter.com/CharlesRobinson/status/223413752689725440%5D

ESPN Radio host John Kincade responded to the late Paterno's previous statement that this was not a "football scandal."

[tweet https://twitter.com/JohnKincade/status/223408563031248897%5D

Aaron Nagler, NFL blogger for Bleacher Report, responded to those who initially defended Paterno.

[tweet https://twitter.com/Aaron_Nagler/status/223408529338400768%5D

Clay Travis, author of "Dixieland Delight" and "On Rocky Top," singled out what he found to be the worst truth of the report.

[tweet https://twitter.com/ClayTravisBGID/status/223407837001428992%5D

A Miami Heat reporter, Rizzmiggizz, responded to other people's calls for Penn State's program to be shut down.

[tweet https://twitter.com/Rizzmiggizz/status/223414125521416192%5D

Penn State supporters also took to Twitter using the hashtag #WEARE, standing up for their university before and after the report was released. Many reactions were ambivalent, showing either disappointment in the report or their school, but most were looking forward to moving past the scandal.

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[tweet https://twitter.com/dennismcnamara/status/223399368567435264%5D

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TheSchoolPhilly, a social media site covering Penn State, showed a lack of enthusiasm for the supportive tweets, and offered this instead: [tweet https://twitter.com/TheSchoolPhilly/status/223410126378369024%5D

Here's more of our coverage:

Key passages from Penn State report

Penn State community still admires Paterno

What do you think about the report and its findings? Let us know in the comments below and sound off on CNN iReport.

soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Thaddeus

    Gay and Lesbeans are always doing bad things like this. We need to put them all on some island where they can't harm childrens.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • SF

      Where are you getting anything about gays or lesbians being involved in this? Sandusky is a pedophile. Pedophiles are criminals. He is not gay. Being gay does not make one a pedophile and being a pedophile doesn't mean you're gay.

      July 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |

    Older women who go after boys are called Cougars.

    Older men who go after boys are called Nittany Lions.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nate 8

    I agree. If we put a stop to gayism then nonsense like this would stop. Lesbeans are even worse. They are ultra gay.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberatus

      Nate and Thaddeus for President and Vice-President of the Ignorant Persons club!

      July 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jamal

    Am not ! I'm a professional athlete and movie director ! And airplane pilot !

    July 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jamal

    Plus I am a master chef and professional bowler and race car driver ! Yeah !

    July 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jamal

    And Scoooba diver !

    July 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    This *IS* Joe Pa's legacy!

    July 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Burt Way

    Colleges are indifferent to anything but their own self interest and pretensions.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Leave the poor guy alone, He was just having Fun.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Maybe we should report you to the authorities as well.

      July 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    The most troubling aspect about this is the lack of concern for the victims. Nobody gave a rat's patoot about the kids.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clete

      I agree with you. What was the concern of the school administration and Joe Paterno. Protecting the football program and the reputation of the school. My feeling is that the ones who covered this up, who allow Sandusky to remain an employee and continue to have access to young boys, are as guilty as he is.

      I hope that the civil attorneys for the victims, sue both Penn State and the Individuals themselves for as much as they can get.

      July 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • SirGareth

      You have just summed up the entire premise of "government education"

      July 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    I realize that the present football staff or players are in anyway culpable for this but I truly think that Penn State's football program should receive a multiple year Death Penalty from the NCAA. It would send a strong message that such behavior will not be tolerated period... The point of having a University is for higher education and not hosting a minor league football team.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kelly Pickuler

    Whats spelunking ? Is that like a possum ?

    July 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. georgia-auburn

    The lawyers will rightfully bankrupt Pedd State for this criminal coverup....

    July 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devin

      It's terrible that the people that were supposed to lead the university covered up such a horrific act. However, people that are putting the blame on the university as a whole (students, professors, alumni, staff) just don't get it. These 4 men, paterno included, should have and could have prevented other kids from being abused. Paterno is gone, the other 3 should be punished. The students working hard to get an education, the alumni, and the professors contributing valuable research to the community should not.

      July 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Loretta

    The statue should come down. Letters of profound apology to the students of Penn State, its faculty, the pubilic, and especially the young people who were victimized, should be scripted immediately.

    And to those of you who in some way made excuses or turned your heads, or defended Jerry Sandusky, shame on you. If these had been your sons (or daughters), you would be pulling the bricks of the buildings down and sowing the earth with salt!!!! For shame!

    July 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • A U fan

      I agree with you 100 percent. They should never get to play football again.

      July 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Navik

      Ah, you and I know they won't take down their precious JoePa statue, it might ruin someone's weekend! Best to just cover it up for the next 14 years and hope nobody notices.

      July 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Raveonjd

    The new name for the Stadium was pending the release of the investigation. My suggestion; The Joe Paterno Pedifile Stadium

    July 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
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