UPDATE: Oxford School Officials to Paint Over Paterno Picture, Quote

Board chairwoman says, "Great Oak is a school, and we need to put kids first and (Paterno) didn’t do that."

OXFORD, Conn. - The Oxford public school system will paint over an

Oxford Board of Education Chairwoman Paula Guillet said the board had from the Greak Oak Middle School gym in December but wanted to wait until a final report had been completed about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal.

“We wanted to make a decision based on facts and not hearsay,” she said.

A 267-page report about the Penn State sexual abuse case that was released Thursday by former FBI Director Louis Freeh says Paterno did not do what he should have to protect children from serial child molester and former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, 68, who was convicted of molesting 10 boys over several years.

About 20 years ago, someone painted Paterno’s picture and a quote by the late coach, who was once an iconic figure in college football and beyond, alongside other well-known Americans at Great Oak. The quote says, “My best team will be the one that produces the best doctors, lawyers, fathers and citizens, not necessarily the one with the best record. Let’s keep it in context.”

Guillet said Monday, hours after Oxford Patch ran an article about the issue, that she had been leaning on taking it down but didn’t want to speak for interim Superintendent John Reed when a Patch reporter asked her about whether it would be taken down on Friday. On Monday morning, other news organizations began inquiring about the Paterno picture and quote, Guillet said, adding that Reed is in agreement that the painting should be removed.

Guillet said the issue was going to be discussed at this Tuesday’s school board meeting but there is probably no need now.

“The bottom line is, Great Oak is a school, and we need to put kids first and (Paterno) didn’t do that,” she said.

Joe Blow July 19, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Thank you and I very well may be.
Bonnie July 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Joe blow, you and I are much smarter than the scum there at Penn State. Ya covering up sexual abuse is a real brilliant idea huh? I think they outta tear down the entire university and start all over with a group of people that have never been associated with the college what so ever! Just my personal crazy little thought. Some may think its a "STUPID" idea but I don't care! Getting rid of every and anything that had or has to do with those envolved should be gotten rid of, thats everything!
Siwanoy July 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
well said
Becky Gall- Piorek July 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM
My point was yes-JP was guilty. He knew and allowed Sandusky to continue to be around children. Football became more important. He was an accessory and yes, he's just as evil in my eyes. He sat by and allowed it to keep occurring.
John M. Joy July 20, 2012 at 01:13 PM
If you honestly believe that someone who received nebulous second-hand information from a staffer and then communicated his concerns to his higher-ups is JUST AS EVIL as someone who has MOLESTED CHILDREN, you have a very warped set of values. As for the "football is more important" - given the evidence (as opposed to the conclusions drawn) in the Freeh report (I've read it - have you?) I don't get that impression at all. And, given that 2001 was not too long after events like the Kern County daycare fiasco (and many other episodes like it), I really cannot blame someone in Paterno's position for wanting to proceed with caution. Incidentally, there were allegedly three eyewitnesses: "Janitor A," "Janitor B," and Mike McQueary. McQueary did exactly what Paterno did: reported the matter to his supervisor. The janitors told NO ONE. How come they get a pass?


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