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. Cuervo Jones

    i bet some of those goobers at the top are on the DL

    July 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @ GoBroncos

    You know some majors don't have a GPA requirement, right? I assume he was a Communications major. I apologize in advance for his inability to work on his grammar.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sally

    Jerry Sandusky wrote this book: Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story (in 2001)

    The final line of the book is: "I ended my career the way I wanted it to end. ... This is how I have been touched by so many people in my lifetime, and how I hope I can add a little touch to others' lives as well."

    Just wanted to throw this out there.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Free yourself

    Everyone involved should lose everything. Jobs, money homes everything. And you know what. Dig up joepa, ruin his headstone and bury him in some random location. He doesn't deserve any honors

    July 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jen S.

    I hope this mess discontinues the practice of Colleges given the empowerment to investigate crimes internally and not required to inform outside authorities. I still can't believe so many Senior-Level people at Penn State knew about Sandusky and did nothing to stop him.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Todd Pritchett

    Every single person that knew about the abuse and covered it up needs to be arrested and held without bond until trial.
    If convicted they need at least 10 years without parol
    be given the choice to sell everything they own and give money to victim's families for a reduced sentence of 5 years probation with ankle bracelets living in Section 8 housing.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Norma

    The four named in Freeh's report deserve public condemnation and yes, that includes the late Joe Paterno. For the Penn Staters who drowned themselves in the Paterno vat of Kool-aid, all I can say is that your delusions will catch up to you, that you are a disgrace to your education, to your community, to victims at large and to humanity. The NCAAF should impose the death penalty on Penn State football after this or face being named in the civil lawsuits by the victims. The corrupt, evil capitalistic atmosphere that the NCAAF promotes and allows to fester in participating football programs is what was behind the cover-up. All the adminstrators and "JoePa" cared about was Penn State, the football program and Paterno's egotistical legend. I find it disgusting, shameful and sad that past and current Penn State students still defend Paterno. I find it equally disgusting, shameful and disturbing that the NCAAF remain quiet on the subject. Time to pay the Piper and pay the full penalty Penn State, Spanier, Curley AND the Paterno Estate.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Merv

    Bring on the lawsuits.

    Penn State will be lucky if it still exists after the firestorm that's coming.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    You wonder with Paterno knowing for that long and didn't do anything if he was involved with little children too.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt S

    So Penn State allowed a Pedophile to run around while raping their children, and people dare support that disgusting organization?

    July 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • r0n77

      Penn State did not allow it, 4 men allowed it.

      July 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LTNN7890

    BOOK-EM DANO............ Where Money and Power mean more than the human beings they are " teaching "
    America is comeing down ............... Need for Change is ever so obvious ..............

    July 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bb

    These creeps are and were Oblamo supporters, Birds of a feather.......????

    July 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Obama has nothing to do with the article troll. Why not focus on the children that were harmed?

      July 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • FDR Drive

      Joe Paterno was an active Republican.


      July 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      What species are you? It certainly is sapiens!

      July 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      correction: ISN'T sapiens.

      July 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Lightbringer

      I have next to no love for Obama, but come on, really?

      July 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BBPatriot

    What about Ray Gricar?

    If these guys would do this, they could be believed to do anything.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miss Manager

      Sorry buddy, most pedophiles are republicans. Look it up.

      July 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Spiro Gyro


    July 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bulldog3071

    Joe Pa should be ashamed. I once held him in high regard and was so excited when I saw him coach against MI and I was just a few feet away from him it was moment I would never forget until now.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
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