The shadow of football in Pennsylvania

“Records provided to AP by Long in December show that after Matt Sandusky attempted suicide in 1996, his probation officer wrote, ‘The probation department has some serious concerns about the juvenile’s safety and his current progress in placement with the Sandusky family.’

“Despite those concerns, probation and child welfare officials recommended continued placement with the Sandusky family, and the judge overseeing his case agreed.

“Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler, who joined the bench in 1997 and was not involved in Matt Sandusky’s juvenile case, said he saw ‘legitimate questions’ about the decision to keep Long’s son in the Sandusky home, but ‘I can’t shed any light on them.’

“Speaking generally, he said nearly every birth parent objects when the state decides to remove a child from the home.

“‘These kinds of decisions made by judges and social workers are very emotionally charged. I don’t think the parents have ever agreed with me on any of the cases where I’ve taken the kids,'” he said.

“In the early years of his relationship with Jerry Sandusky, Matt would hide behind a bedroom door and beg his mother to tell the coach he wasn’t home when he spotted Sandusky pulling in the driveway, Long said.

“Her son never said why.

“‘Nobody could ever get that out of him. But then again, Matt was afraid of Jerry,’ she said.

“Long said Matt was a good kid but began acting out after Sandusky entered the picture, and his behavior got progressively worse. She became alarmed by Sandusky’s controlling behavior and tried to stop visitation in the fall of 1994.

“But Sandusky continued taking Matt out of school, without her knowledge or consent, she said.

“‘I didn’t like his treatment of Matt,’ she said. ‘I thought he was a little too possessive, and it was my son, not his son.’

“In early December 1994, Matt set fire to a barn. He spent his 16th birthday, on Dec. 26, in juvenile detention. On Jan. 6, 1995, records show, he was placed in foster care – with the Sandusky family.

“Long said she knew Matt would be placed in a Second Mile foster home but didn’t think it would be with the Sandusky family. Of all the foster families in Centre County, ‘he had to end up with that one,’ she said. It struck her as odd.

“‘Jerry told Matt that he had a judge ready to sign the order and nobody could stop it,’ she said. ”He told Matt before we ever went to court that I wouldn’t win against him. Matt came right to me and told me, he said, ‘Mom, Jerry said you wouldn’t win against him.'”
Birth mom: I raised questions about Jerry Sandusky, ABC News, June 27, 2012

The entire state of Pennsylvania allowed all these kids to be raped and molested by Jerry Sandusky because of whom they thought Sandusky was. There’s no way to change the past, but can we all learn something from this? Powerful men are not always right. Watch “Chinatown,” it’s instructive.

This entry was posted in horrfied. Bookmark the permalink.