Thursday, July 26, 2012

All falls down

"A man stares at the site in which the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stood sits empty after it was removed by workers outside Beaver Stadium on July 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania."

The ever unfolding story at Penn State continued this weekend.

As I heard news of the statue coming down early Sunday morning, I began making the journey north to continue to document the story for Getty Images. Knowing I'd already missed the falling of the statue, I felt community reactions would be more powerful images.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson announced the decision around 6:15 a.m., calling the statue "a source of division and an obstacle to healing."

The bronze Paterno statue was one of the most symbolic pieces of Paterno imagery on campus, and with that gone, it was the end of it all in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal - for now.

While in my mind this was the end symbolically, I still know this story will be on-going throughout the remainder of this year, and possibly beyond, and should bring important pieces of this story forward.


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