Strong opinions continue to swirl through Happy Valley following recent events uncovered at Penn State. Former assistant head coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested earlier this month, charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of young boys in and out of the Penn State locker room over a 15-year period. [Click to view our Paterno Scandal cartoon slideshow]
Our own Mike Keefe, staff cartoonist for The Denver Post, drew this tough cartoon in response to students rallying to support long-time football coach Joe Paterno, who was fired for allegedly covering up for Sandusky.
It ran in The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student paper, where some of the students at the epi-center of this horrible news story are calling the cartoon insensitive.
“It is clear that there are many different reasons Penn State students reacted strongly to news of the sexual abuse charges and to the events that followed, including Paterno’s removal,” said Jourdan Cole, the Collegian’s opinion page editor. “I thought it was a different perspective that our newspaper had not yet addressed.”
What do you think of the cartoon? Is it appropriately tough for such a terrible story, or simply insensitive to everyone involved?