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Gov. Corbett: ‘No margin of error, no hesitation to act’ when it comes to a child’s safety

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett makes remarks concerning Penn State University during a news conference near State College Pennsylvania Reuters

Speaking extensively for the first time since the scandal at his state’s largest university broke, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett told reporters Thursday that he supported Penn State’s firing of head coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier late Wednesday night.

“Their actions caused me to not have confidence in their ability to continue to lead,” Corbett said.

Prior to taking office in January, Corbett was the state’s attorney general.  His office opened the investigation into Jerry Sandusky that resulted in the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator being indicted by a grand jury on 40 counts of sexual abuse of minors.

“Certainly every Pennsylvanian who has any knowledge of this case, who has read the grand jury report, feels a sense of regret and a sorrow to also see careers end,” Corbett said. “But, we must keep in mind that when it comes to the safety of children, there can be no margin of error, no hesitation to act.”

Corbett also addressed the riots that took place on campus following Paterno’s firing.

Thousands of students gathered downtown late last night and torn down lamp posts, signs and flipped a television news van.  Because of the scenes he witnessed on TV, a Nebraska regent expressed concern today for the safety of the Cornhuskers football program Saturday; Penn State plays Nebraska  in the Nittany Lions’ home finale.

Corbett called for calm among the student body in the hopes that what happened last night won’t be repeated Saturday.

“I believe in your right of assembly and your right to express your opinions,” Corbett said. “I do not believe, nor does anyone believe, in your right to violence.”

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9 Responses to “Gov. Corbett: ‘No margin of error, no hesitation to act’ when it comes to a child’s safety”
  1. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 7:56 PM

    “[Corbett’s] office opened the investigation into Jerry Sandusky that resulted in the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator being indicted by a grand jury on 40 counts of sexual abuse of minors.” For that alone, we can applaud Gov. Corbett. He has now given assurances that the victims would receive proper therapy and assistance. We will be monitoring the situation to make sure the victims are not ignored at this time as they were for the past years.

    Spanier and Paterno are no longer at Penn State because the Gov. Corbett said, “their actions caused me to not have confidence in their ability to continue to lead.” He worked behind the scenes with Penn State Trustees to see that both Spanier and Paterno would no longer have jobs at Penn State. There are other things being done behind the scenes that will come forth over the next few weeks.

    We do not live in Pennsylvania and thus did not vote for Corbett. Several members of our family and friends have met him and say he is honorable. In this horrible situation, he may well have the opportunity to show his leadership skills.

    We call on Gov. Corbett to appoint a special counsel or prosecutor to investigate the crimes and coverups. If not a special prosecutor, then ask for the FBI to conduct the investigation.

  2. 187onsandusky says: Nov 10, 2011 8:37 PM

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again, give the Board, the AG, and the Governor time to sort this out and do it correctly.

    I have faith that they will do everything they are capable of to move this in the right direction.

    I am going to find it hard to support the team going forward, at least initially. One of my favorite places to visit has always been New Orleans. Any decent teams down that way Sopats?

  3. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 9:07 PM

    187onsandusky : Oui, cher! Viene ici! We will treat you right, yeah! Where do we start?….we have those little ole Bayou Bengals, which are last time we checked…let’s see if we can find that…oh, yeah, they are ranked #1 having defeated #2, #3 and a bunch of other numbers so far this season.

    Mike is our 4 yr. old Bengal tiger who can be quite entertaining. We have a coach who always has something interesting to say (sometimes you need a translator) and he eats grass! A great LSU baseball team which has won many College World Series and Omaha wants them back again this season.

    There are the Swamp People who catch alligator snapping turtles and alligators for a livelihood (and for fun!), some are Cajuns and others are Creoles and all enjoy life on the bayous and swamps.

    And of course, there can be no discussion of south Louisiana without talking about the food!…jambalayas, gumbo, etoufees, sauce piquant, boudin, crawfish pie, beignets, great strong coffee, and new creative dishes being designed and made daily (even a few in our home…ha.) Your taste buds never had it so good!

  4. 187onsandusky says: Nov 10, 2011 10:14 PM

    In all my trips to LA I have never been disappointed with the food, the music, or the people.

  5. 6ball says: Nov 10, 2011 11:18 PM



    I can appreciate that you have faith in Pennsylvania authorities to handle the investigation thoroughly and professionally. However, I must respectfully disagree.

    People will, in most cases, act in their own best interests. I struggle to see how a full and transparent investigation would benefit anyone residing in the state of Pennsylvania with the exception of the victims.

    Up to this point, I haven’t seen an outpouring of concern for them.



  6. southernpatriots says: Nov 10, 2011 11:54 PM

    6ball: It has always been through history that the strong had to protect (or protect the rights of) the weak. For that reason my/our brother emailed, then telephoned Gov. Corbett and received assurances from the governor that he would see that the victims received therapy and assistance.

    It will take the rest of us, those who live in the area of Penn State, and the rest of us, whereever we may live, to moniter the situation to make sure these victims do not once again “fall between the cracks,” are ignored, or “swept under the rug.” Sadly, it often is “out of sight, out of mind.” The children must have advocates since they cannot speak for themselves. We (all adults of sound mind) must be their voices to speak for justice, for help, for protection, etc.

    Some research has been done on young boys who are sexually violated/molested. They have a suicide rate which is 15 times normal as they grow older. That is a huge increase. These feelings of isolation, rejection, secretcy, anger, and depression are real and often life-long. Therapies are often effective over time to lessen these feelings and the pain to enable many to live productive lives. Without proper therapy and assistance there is almost always a life of pain.

  7. 187onsandusky says: Nov 11, 2011 1:35 AM

    I would argue 6ball that it is in the best interest of all involved in the investigation that they perform the due diligence.

    Do you think there is any possible way that they can sweep any of this under the rug without a mob hunting them down.

    It is out. The horror has become public, and I am afraid there is much more to come.

    This is not a condemnation of the state of Pennsylvania. It is a condemnation of a few powerful men who allowed a monster to run free. It would be like accusing every Catholic in this country of being a pedophile based on the fact that some Cardinals covered up for priests. It is simply not true.

  8. dkhhuey says: Nov 11, 2011 10:24 AM

    @187 – I think you’re right. The rug sweepers that are known have been kicked out and charged and there is a massive spotlight focused on this campus, its administration, and the investigation that is now going on. There are several government agencies involved from different perspectives and I don’t think there is a chance in hell that this gets white-washed again. There is too much at stake and this is too much of a flash point topic in people’s minds. Unless a person still in the chain of command that has something to hide, I can’t even remotely think there is a person that will attempt to sweep anything under a rug given the intense scrutiny that is going on. Again, I could be totally naive in that belief, but I’m going with it!

  9. southernpatriots says: Nov 11, 2011 10:44 AM

    dkhhuey: It is good to have that view, until (and if) evidence may be provided later to debunk it. It is good to be optimistic, though keep at least a little healthy skepticism as well.

    The Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett began the investigation of Sandusky and his perverted crimes against these children. Now as Governor , Corbett is keenly interested in justice for the pervert and those who ignored and covered up his crimes. However, it is always advisable, in our free society, to keep a close eye on all the proceedings to provide oversight. The media used to do this well, but in recent years they have been much better at sensationalism than keeping and holding people of power accountable.

    Have a great day!

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