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. patty smith

    Lavar I guess they should also fire the English teachers.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. smokinbluebear

    what is the world coming to....next they'll inform us the game is hazardous to the health of the players...

    July 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gregory Faith

    Some one else is going to JAIL!!! They know who they are at Penn State.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stan Klecha

    Term limits on all Coachs .. and Presidents of Colleges .. ten years .. no more .. Their power in Colleges is wrongfully used for years .. just because .. they think they are above the law .. of the land .. They are only employees not Gods ..

    July 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Name*Joazona

    And we implode just a bit more.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ted Ward

    Obviously, Spanier's sociology degrees did him and PSU and the Sandusky victim children him no good.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rambler

    Take it from a retired Army guy and current USPS employee, PSU's management is rotten to the core, just like we are.... no common sense.... you fail!!!!!!!

    July 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AJW3

    Just a guess........you didn't really gradut from PS did you?

    July 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris R.

    The comments from the people at Penn St. show they care more about protecting the legacy of JoePa, and "moving on," than they do about holding paedophile sympathizing and enabling coaches and administrators responsible. Truly disgusting. I hope Penn St. Gets sued out of existence.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. melanie

    i understand students and alum are proud of their school; i take alot of pride in my alma mater too (UK). The truth is though, this has nothing to do w defending your schools reputation, we are angry and ashamed of the behavior of sandusky and the others failure to report it, there is no excuse for that, period!

    July 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lolo

    People this is about the victims and they should be compensated for the abuse they suffered. Also the people who knew about it should pay dearly. It is just amazing how Penn State was still covering it up after all of this came out. This school and its followers still do not understand that it is about the victims, so they should be punished accordingly. Shut down the football program first because they all knew what was going on. I hope the victims can get through this shame, but Penn State must pay the price for allowing this to go on for so long and did nothing.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    A "deploma" from Penn State and you spell like that?? That's a travesty.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Malibu123

    This whole sad situation is repulsive on so many levels. What were these guys thinking?

    July 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lreed

    I am glad to see that the investigation didn't stop with the conviction. Everyone involved is an accomplice to child endangerment at the very least. What about Paterno's wife ? Can you really believe that after 30+ years of marriage that she didn't know what was going on ? Investigate them all, put them on trial if the results warrant it, and pursue them to the full letter of the law. Then, use this same method as a template for the abusive, cover ups in the Catholic Church. Their actions are even more vile and criminal – and ORGANIZED than Penn State's with DECADES of abuse, involving 1000's of children all getting covered up for the same exact reason – they didn't want the bad publicity to hurt their almighty income, placing money ahead of human suffering. May they all burn in hell if there is such a place....

    July 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      What about Sandusky's wife? Do you honestly think she didn't know what was going on in her own home, and yet she has yet to have any charges brought against her; hell she's never mentioned in anything.
      There are four people, that we know of, that were involved in this scandal besides Sandusky himself. All have been removed from the university since November and will never return.
      There are a lot of people that majorly messed up throughout the years, including every member of the BOT which happens to include the govenor of PA. The person in charge of this STATE heard about the allegations in Spring of 2011 and didn't ask any questions about it; you simply cannot place blame on just the Paternos.

      July 13, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. McJones

    Again, this is a common and understood "public" secret in PA. Look it up. From Hershey to the Catholic priests busted last year, this isn't just a problem at Penn State. It went all the way up to the governer's office – Tom Corbett was automatically an officer of Penn State and he also knew about this back then. Will it ever explode like it should? Will you post this? Probably not. But I'll keep trying.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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