(STATE COLLEGE – ) RIOT SITUATION STARTING AFTER PATERNO FIRING, CAR TIPPED OVER HERE, FIRE DEPARTMENT ENRTE FOR FUEL LEAK, POLICE DEPARTMENT ON SCENE (via Radio Reference live audio feed).
Riots is of course a loaded word, but that’s what the media and public safety is using. Some stories about this evening’s firing of long-time Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, and Penn State president Graham Spanier, and the sometimes violent reaction on the Happy Valley campus.
(Jon) Wertheim: This university lost their president today. What Jerry Sandusky is to alleged to have done is some of the most grotesque stuff you’ll ever read, but it seems to be all about Joe Paterno tonight. It’s just interesting to see a new wave of emotion here. It’s anger, and it’s frustration, and I imagine tomorrow’s going to be completely different. This story keeps jumping around.
Crowds began to gather around 10 p.m. on Beaver Avenue. After police in riot gear told them to move along, the students moved to Old Main. They sang the alma mater, professed their love for Paterno and profanely denounced Sandusky. They pointed toward Penn State president Graham Spanier’s still-lit office. Then, after a brief “back to Beaver” chant, the crowd returned to Beaver Avenue.
Penn Live had been covering the unfolding scandal since March.
CNN runs the story under “crime” and “pennsylvania coach abuse”, with this referencing the Clery Act:
The U.S. Department of Education said it will launch an investigation into whether Penn State failed to comply with an act requiring colleges and universities to disclose the number of reported criminal incidents on campus each year. “In addition, in certain cases, the institution must issue a timely warning if a reported crime represents a threat to the campus community,” it said in a statement.
The firing of football coach Joe Paterno following news of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s alleged sexual abuse outrages Penn State students.