Saturday, November 12, 2011

President Obama Speaks Out About Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal

President Obama is calling on Americans to do some "soul-searching" in the devastating aftermath of the Penn State sex-abuse scandal.
The commander-in-chief made his first public comments about the mushrooming child sex abuse scandal on Friday night.
"Obviously what happened was heartbreaking, especially for the victims, the young people who got affected by these alleged assaults," he told Westwood One Radio.
"And I think it's a good time for the entire country to do some soul-searching - not just Penn State. People care about sports, it's important to us, but our No. 1 priority has to be protecting our kids. And every institution has to examine how they operate, and every individual has to take responsibility for making sure that our kids are protected," Obama added.
The scandal has rocked the Penn State campus --and the nation. It has resulted in several top university officials being axed, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno and longtime university President Graham Spanier.
Longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who retired from the program more than a decade ago, has since been charged with abusing eight boys over the course of 15 years.

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