Jerry Sandusky brick removed from State College walkway
The brick bearing Jerry Sandusky's was removed on Thursday after photos posted online sparked complaints.
August 30th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Jerry Sandusky brick removed from State College walkway

A brick bearing Jerry Sandusky's name and that of his Second Mile charity has been removed from a walkway in downtown State College, Pennsylvania.

The brick is one of nearly 3,000 along Centennial Walkway in the downtown part of campus. The bricks bear the names of many notable figures from Penn State, including former President Graham Spanier and his wife as well as other alumni.

The Sandusky brick had gone mostly unnoticed as students passed through McAllister Alley, not far from the school's Old Main building, until it was noticed on Wednesday by the student-run independent Penn State blog Onward State and photographed by others, including a CNN journalist in State College.

The photo prompted calls for it to be pulled up, considering the school had torn down a statue of legendary former coach Joe Paterno in the wake of a scandal that has left Sandusky jailed for sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years. The school had no authority to remove the brick, many mentioned, since it wasn't on Penn State property.

Pat Daugherty, owner of the Tavern, a restaurant located along the walkway, said he received a call from State College Borough Manager Thomas J. Fountaine II on Thursday morning saying he had received calls after the photos circulated online.

"We honestly were not aware the brick was there until a day or two ago," Fountaine said.

He said it took a couple days to figure out whether officials could remove the brick, because ownership of the pedestrian walkway was unclear, but it wasn't specifically borough property.

That's when Fountaine called Daughterty, who offered to remove the brick.

"There was some vandalism that was occurring as well," Fountaine said. "Because of that and other issues, we thought it was appropriate to remove it."

Daugherty said he would probably return the brick to the borough because somebody had probably paid to have it put there during the school's centennial celebration.

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Tr1Xen

    "The brick bearing Jerry Sandusky's was removed on Thursday after photos posted online sparked complaints."

    It appears a word from that sentence was removed as well. Nice job, CNN!

    August 31, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • gah

      proofreading would require them to read their own article. the horror!

      August 31, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan in Miami

    That should have been done before taking the Joe Paterno statue away

    August 31, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. krozar

    All in all it's just another...

    August 31, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan Ricelo

      brick in the walk

      August 31, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica

    I think we should all send Jerry some Soap-on-a-rope. With the rope cut off.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Send him the rope. I bet he's ready for it.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooklyn-Boy

      That's too good for him Jessica.Not even general pop would serve the purpose.Single cell,23hrs a day,& that's that...

      September 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Orwell

    I wonder if 1984 is still at the library there...

    August 31, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. blessedgeek

    I hate to admit you caused me lmao rotf.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lisa

    Wow-it says "Founder of The Second Mile," not former assistant Penn State football coach? Huh.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 8jimofohio

    when someone makes a JOKE ABOUT THAT PERV. I ONLY THINK ABOUT THE MEN//BOYS SOMEWHERE WHO STILL HAS A PROBLEM WHEN THEY THINK OF THEIR PAST & INVOLMENT W// THE 2 ND MILE PERV.... which was not their wish at the time...or later..... thanks.

    August 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Southern mom


    September 1, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. dion

    There still selling those Palmero pastries or something as well. I know they thought of selling Sandusky Shakes but thought otherwise.

    September 1, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. Really

    I think each kid he molested should be able to hit him one time with that brick

    September 6, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
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