Opinion: School Districts Must Learn from Penn State’s Failures

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Repercussions from the horrific acts by Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky reported by the media have yet to fully emerge. On July 12, 2012, a scathing 267-page report was issued by Special Investigative Counsel Louis Freeh, former FBI Director. There are distinct lessons to be learned by everyone in the educational environment in the wake of the Report, “Regarding the Actions of the Pennsylvania State University Related to the Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Gerald A. Sandusky.”

And just as blame is cast on Penn State personnel “from the top to the bottom” of the University, so too there are lessons for officials and employees at every level of school districts and school bus companies. The Penn State tragedy and utter disregard by the Penn State hierarchy of abuse of students must not be regarded as a problem that happened “there” and could not happen “here.” My comprehensive article about the implications for our industry from the Penn State findings will appear in a fall issue of School Transportation News. In the meantime, I wanted to send you this brief “Special Alert” as soon as possible.

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