Why Is the Media Hating On Penn State's Mike McQueary?
I've not heard of a person who, after observing wrongdoing in the workplace, bypassed their boss, and went directly to the police. So why are the media talking heads holding Mike McQueary to this standard. Mike McQueary was a mere 28-year-old administrative assistant, when he observed Jerry Sandusky sodomizing a young boy in the shower at Penn State's athletic facility, and he did what most people would do, he told his boss.
Take a look at what telling gets you in our world:
School officials sided with employees who bullied a special needs student on a regular basis, and lied about what they did during a school investigation, and when the behavior was caught on tape, the bully was allowed to keep her job if she takes a class on identifying child abuse and bullying..
A Missoula Mental Health Center employee was fired for reporting a client's child pornography. She first reported it to her supervisor, who told her not to report it to the police. She did, and it led to the client's arrest for sexually abusing a child, and to her firing . . .
A former receptionist at the Creative Frontiers School, Irma Mertens, reported an incident of child sexual abuse, to no effect. Mertens witnessed the Principal and Owner, Robert Adams, slip his hand under the bathing suit of a female and sodomize her with his thumb. She told the office administrator, Cynthia Higgins, but Higgins failed to report the incident to authorities.
Notice that all of the people who reported these incidents are no longer employed. Our society does not take kindly to the little guy who points their finger at those who are in power. We come by our timidity honestly. Generally we wait for media's signal of their readiness to bring a powerful person down, namely, when they incessantly repeat wrong doing, like in the case of Tiger Woods, and more recently Herman Cain . . .
Nevertheless, Mike McQueary, who was under no obligation to report abuse, and who was, according to Joe Paterno, "obviously . . .distraught over what he saw," with his dad's support, on the very next day, he went to Paterno's house, and told him what he had seen
Not too many people have seen an adult sodomize a child; Mike McQueary not only observed this unnatural act, he also experienced the victim and the perpetrator looking at him, looking at them. Add to that, the adult wrongdoer was revered by the community, a married man, a father, and he was Mike McQueary's superior . . . If it were me, I would have run to my daddy too!
Finally, as the youngest and least powerful person in the equation, it's curious that Mike McQueary became the target of harsh media judgment when, two law enforcement officers declined to arrest Jerry Sandusky, even after hearing him confess; two parents reported him, but no one would arrested him; two janitors observed him engaging in sexual activity with children, and their report brought no action; and even when it reached a prosecutor, he refused to prosecute Sandusky. Just like Lindsay Lohan, Jerry Sandusky is someone the establishment did not want to hold accountable, and they still don't, evidenced by the fact that he has been significantly undercharged.
Perhaps some folks are angry at Mike McQueary because his description of what he saw, makes it impossible to hide Sandusky's rape and sodomy of children, behind words like, "horsing around."