Three cheers for the Board of Trustees of Penn State University for cleaning house in the aftermath of the revelation that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a number of young boys over a 15-year period. I am appalled by those who criticize the board for taking decisive moral action and dismissing Coach Joe Paterno, who knew of the abuse but failed to report it to police. The students demonstrating against Mr. Paterno's dismissal have much to learn about setting appropriate moral priorities. How tragic that it is not evident to all that the most vulnerable among us — often children — deserve the greatest protections.
Penn State is the not the only community to face these concerns. Too often, too many have closed their ears and minds, engaged in denial, and otherwise made the decision that child victims are not deserving of justice and protection — especially when someone of communal importance bears responsibility. Enough. This is a cowardly and immoral response. Penn State's trustees should be honored for their courage and moral fortitude.
Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, Baltimore