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.

[tweet https://twitter.com/JasonWinrow68/status/223428074929258496%5D

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

[tweet https://twitter.com/ovoxo_Chantelle/status/223421463846326274%5D

[tweet https://twitter.com/Devon2012/status/223427124659372032%5D

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. Masse

    What abuse is happening right now that is being ignored?

    July 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. truthBtold


    July 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RunfortheHills

    This is a witch hunt perpetrated by a bankrupt state to save millions of dollars in pensions and retiree medical benefits. These guys make tons of money, and are owed huge sums at retirement, and Pennsylvania does not have the money to pay them.

    Easiest solution to that problem is to fabricate a scandal out of one individual's transgressions and use it as an excuse to fire them and save some money (someone who is fired generally loses any pensions or severance benefits owed them).

    July 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • claybigsby

      Yep its a huge conspiracy. EVERYONE was in on it. smh.

      July 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdgfla

      Guarantee that Runforthehills is a right winger, who believes that Obama is a Muslim, and who thinks that Donald Trump would be a good president.

      Why don't you take a step back and just read what you wrote. So, in your mind, the State of Pennsylvania entrapped Jerry Sandusky by enticing him with upwards of 10 little boys to molest just so that they could avoid paying the pensions of four, yes four, school officials.

      Amazing sir, your stupidity astounds and amazes.

      July 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. daboz

    Why does this have to be about politics. Its about right and wrong.Evil thrives by good people standing around doing nothing. Thats what happened hear. Although Paterno was a good man he stood around and did nothing. He ran the university , his voice would have spoke volumes. Instead he shyed away from his moral responsibility and these are the consequences.

    July 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoePa4evr

      But it is political. Why does no one mention that our illustrious governor Corbert new about all of this when he was the att. general and failed to act?

      July 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |

    Players were involved in the SMU scandal....maybe you should go ask them

    July 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hitman

    Nothing is going to happen to Pedo State. Money talks and you know what walks! Sports brings in big dollars especially from the network sponsors who are just as guilty!!

    July 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pennylane

    PITYFULL...These dreaful human beings where more concern about Penn State's image then the welfare of the victims...Shame on them....Sandusky and his cronies should be lock away forever...Penn State Administration should also be fined...

    July 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. swhin

    This is disgusting. Abuse of power on many levels at one of the highest learning center in America. Building an environment of fear. Money does buy everything now even a child's soul. All for the name of football and the money it brings in. If it can happen there it can happen anywhere. Penn State you let not only those poor children down but now you are making America cheaper. Now nothing will ever get in the way of money. For the love of GOD, a child's soul! Can it get worse?

    July 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Libdumb

    The sad thing is that the majority of our Society has denigrated to this level. Most prevalent in Politics, Schools, Police Departments, Churches and Businesses. There are no morals or principles left in our Society. Oh yea, after the fact when the cover-up didn't work.

    July 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Liberatus

    Brace yourselves for the parade of former Penn State teachers and administrators that will come out with stories about how they were pressured to make exceptions for the football players, and give passing grades so they could claim they graduated their players.....all of these claims about what a clean, ethical football program was run by Paterno.....will all be demolished, as well.

    They will have to investigate the wives of these guys, too....it's almost impossible to believe that none of the wives had at least heard rumors of what was happening.....

    July 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    probally a sandusky-factor that the scranton town going bankrupt

    July 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guido

    this is just the tip of the iceberg.... one case out of many that has come to the public eye...any and all evil is excused in the name of sports...what a pathetic society this is...way past time for the acceptance of deviant behavior by "sports heroes" to end...

    July 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. A johnson

    As sad as this all is, the same stuff goes on every day in the Hasidic neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY. The Brooklyn DA has tried over and over to prosecute child molesters there, but the community intimidates the accusers into silence time and again. It's even worse than the Catholic Priest scandals because if you say anything about it, you're immediately labeled anti-semitic and the press pretty much ignores it – no front page coverage here, no coverage at all outside the local papers. Meanwhile child molesting rabbis walk the streets proudly with the full support of their community.

    July 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dtoth

    SHAMEFUL.........Plain and simple!!

    July 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Humanitee

    There's still another Joe that we can potentially bring to justice for having the knowledge that children were being abused and not relaying the information to the proper authorities. He currently resides in the Vatican.

    July 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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