Jenni,You asked via Twitter for Penn State Alums & fans to comment on what is going on in Happy Valley. As most of mycommentary has fallen on deaf ears I thought I would take the opportunity. First let me preface with this; I was bornand raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I was a student at Penn State from 1995-1998. I joined the Air Force in 1998and my last duty station, Tinker AFB, let me here in Oklahoma when I separated in 2005. In addition to my ties to theUniversity I have a much deeper personal connection to those whom have been victimized here. I read the entire 23page Grand Jury presentment this past Saturday before I made any comments to anyone personally or on social media.I wanted to be grounded in the available facts before I said anything. Since then I have had many thoughts, some of which I will try to summarize.The media spotlight on Joe Paterno is singularly focused and is a tremendous failing of journalism. The criminalversus moral argument is a good question to ask, but no one was in the room with Paterno while his Graduate Assistantand now Wide Receivers' Coach McQueary spoke with him about an incident he witnessed in the Lasch facility apartfrom McQueary's father. In the end a Grand Jury determined Paterno committed no criminal act. Everyone has thebenefit of viewing that one meeting through the 20/20 lenses of hindsight. Joe Paterno has admitted he wished he haddone more now that he as well knows the facts and expressed remorse. To my knowledge he is the only namedindividual involved to have expressed regret for his personal conduct. He has been toppled by a relentless group-thought mass media who put enough pressure on The University's Board of Trustees to make them do what was "in thebest interest of The University", at least from an immediate public relations standpoint. Additionally I watched all 22minutes of the available footage of the Press Conference where Paterno's termination was announced as well. In thatpress conference the board was asked if they had any information not available to the public that led them to terminatePaterno immediately. Their answer was "no". Yet after Paterno and now former University President Graham Spanierwere gone three people retained their ties to the University who should not: McQueary, Athletic Director Curley andSandusky himself.Curley (along with Spanier and Shutlz) violated 23Pa.C.S § 6319 for failing to report the suspected sexual abused of achild as "persons who run a school". The Grand Jury at least levied that charge at Curley & Shultz. In addition Curleyand McQueary at a minimum (and potentially Paterno depending on what was truly said that Saturday) stand inviolation of the Curley Act (20 U.S.C. § 1092(f)) for further failing to report the crime. The US Department of Education has announced an investigation into those violations. Hopefully the Justice Department will assume controlof it soon.However one thing stands out to me from the Grand Jury Presentment that no journalist seems to want to talk about.Victim 6's mother went to the police in 1998 after her son had relayed the details of his encounter with Sandusky inthe showers of Holuba Hall. An investigation by Ronald Shreffler started which during monitored phoneconversations and interviews with Sandusky he put into evidence statments from Sandusky himself, that he had in factshowered with the boy and had "hugged" him with both were naked. Additionally Shreffler could not obtain a vowfrom Sandusky that he would not do anything similar again despite Sandusky's admission that it was wrong. Shrefflertestified that he was instructed to close the investigation by the Director of Campus Police, Thomas Harmon. ThenCentre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decided there would be no criminal charges. Gricar subsequentlydisappeared in 2005 and was declared dead this past July. The facts surrounding 1998 raise questions:1. Did Gricar himself determine there would be no charges, or was that determination ultimately made elsewhere?2. Who ordered Harmon to direct Shreffler to cease his investigation?3. Why did University Police and the District Attorney comply with any directives to cease given then evidence theyhad?Journalists have repeatedly chastised Paterno for his failure to take further action beyond his notification of Curleyafter the conversation with McQueary. Why is there no focus on where others have failed to the same? I continuallyhear the same journalists cite "truth for the victims" as the motivation for going after Paterno however they won't evenmention the possibility of a cover-up initiated in 1998 that could have put a stop to all of this much sooner.