Reddit commenter on #JoePaterno:
From a PA prosecutor on how Joe Paterno handled the situation: I’d like to set something straight for those (even Joepa’s supporters) who are writing and saying Joepa made an error in judgment or failed in his leadership by not calling the police or “following up” on what McQueary told him. He did not make an error or fail to follow up. He did what every other teacher and/or school employee does in Pennsylvania every day. When they learn of such an allegation (usually directly from a student victim), they report it to the guidance office and/or principle, who then reports it to Children & Youth Services, who then notifies police. This is without exception and is and has been accepted protocol in PA for years. It is not the responsibility of the teacher to follow up because he/she expects the administration officials to properly report it. Additionally, the police will not share details of the investigation with the teacher, outside of possibly interviewing him/her. Believe me, we (police) don’t want people doing their own investigation or follow-up. How do I know this? I investigate and prosecute these crimes every day and have done so for 17 years. I’m tired of hearing that Joepa made a mistake by not contacting police. Not only did he follow the law in PA, he followed normal protocol which is in place for a reason. If Joe made a mistake and deserved to be fired, then we should be firing hundreds of teachers every year. Joe did NOT make a mistake and those who say he did have no idea what they are talking about. I hope Freeh and his people look into child abuse reporting protocol in PA so Joepa’s actions can be placed in the proper perspective. I’m sorry this is so long, but it needed to be made clear to those unfamiliar with these investigations, which I imagine is most people.