No PSU cover-up
A coin toss is often used to resolve a dispute. The Oct. 3 Penn State-Army coin toss did just that, but the dispute was far from the playing field. When news broke that Bruce Heim, former Second Mile board member, was chosen to take part in the pregame coin toss, Penn State supporters voiced disapproval. The invitation was revoked. However, as a result of Heim’s public acknowledgement that he had been made aware of the 2001 Sandusky incident, a dispute was resolved. There was no Penn State cover-up.
In several reports last week, Heim indicated that he decided to keep The Second Mile’s board in the dark when former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley notified then-Second Mile CEO Jack Raykovitz in 2001 that Jerry Sandusky had been seen showering with a boy in the Lasch Building.
Curley not only followed reporting rules, he exceeded them. However, Raykovitz, as a mandatory reporter, ignored The Second Mile’s legal obligations and the report.
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS) has continually questioned why Penn State administrators have been held responsible for mistakes made by The Second Mile. With no clear case against these Penn State officials, PS4RS calls for the state Attorney General’s Office to drop charges against them.
Maribeth Roman Schmidt
The writer is executive director of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (ps4rs.org).