Since details of Penn State’s horrific child rape scandal emerged in a grand jury report released earlier this week, few of the known participants have submitted themselves to an interview with the press. That changed this morning when Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos sat down with the mother of an alleged victim, identified in the report as “victim #1.” With her voice and image altered to protect her identity, the mother explained how her son came to reveal the reprehensible allegations at the center of this story.
The son in question first met Jerry Sandusky when he was just 11 years old. Shortly after, the son became very close to the former Defensive Coordinator, spending nights at his home and even leaving school with Sandusky, despite the child’s mother not knowing of his absence. When asked when she first suspected something was wrong with the relationship, the mother said that when her son started acting out, she went to his school counselors, only to be told that it was likely “a puberty thing.”
When prompted by Stephanopoulos, she then shared how her son revealed to her how she wanted to look up “sex weirdos”:
I asked him who he was looking up and he wanted to see if Jerry was on there and I said, well, why would you look him up? And he said, I don’t know. He’s a weirdo. And I preceded to ask him if there was something he needed to tell me. And at that point, he didn’t indicate anything. I called the school and expressed my concerns. I told them to pull my son down to the guidance office and talk to him. and they did. at that point, they called me and said it was very important that I get there immediately. at that point, i already had suspicions. I kind of knew what it was about.
According to Stephanopoulos, what saddens and angers her the most, is the number of people who seemed to know something was going on but didn’t call police, including coach Joe Paterno, and agrees with the Board of Trustees decision to fire the legendary coach, saying “if he had any inclination of this, and he legally needed to do what he needed to do,” adding”yes, I think they all needed to be gone.”
For his part, Stephanopoulos ably navigated a potentially uncomfortable interview, which was wisely cut into a rather markedly edited segment for broadcast. This made for a more clear and meaningful presentation of a complex and ugly story.
Watch it below, courtesy of ABC News:
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