Penn State Sex Scandal: Jerry Sandusky Victim Bullied, Forced to Leave School
The boy who first came forward to accuse former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky -- and began what turned into a groundswell of accusations -- was bullied so intensely by his peers that he had to leave high school.
Currently, Sandusky faces 40 counts of child sexual assault. The proceedings originated, however, with a single allegation of sexual misconduct, and now that original student is paying the price. In a special interview with ABC News, the student’s mother admitted that students at her son’s high school blamed him for initiating the current Penn State child sex abuse scandal, and held him responsible for former head coach Joe Paterno losing his job.
In direct response to this news, Paterno’s attorney went on ABC’s Good Morning America to issue a statement on behalf of his client.
"Coach Paterno strongly condemns harassment or bullying of any kind, and he asks anyone who truly cares about Penn State to conduct themselves honorably and with respect for others," attorney J. Sedgwick Sollers said.
The victim, commonly referred to as Victim 1, was allegedly 11 or 12 years old at the time when the sexual abuse by Sandusky is said to have taken place. He reportedly admitted that the abuse occurred when he would stay overnight in the Sandusky family home and at least once in his school gymnasium.
Originally, Victim 1 met Sandusky through the ex-coach’s Second Mile program for at-risk kids.
Clearly, the question now becomes: will all of the ridiculous, pathetic fools that tore Penn State’s campus apart in a massive protest following Paterno’s ousting now come out and protest the boy’s unfair treatment?
We’ll find out soon enough.