PSU Students Upset By Wednesday’s Rioting

STATE COLLEGE (KDKA) — One day after of people angry about the firing of head coach Joe Paterno rioted in the streets of State College, some Penn State students say they’re saddened and embarrassed by the light cast on the university by the actions of a few.

During the mayhem, some protestors overturned a TV news truck, ripped down a lamp post and threw rocks at officers who were forced to subdue the crowd with pepper spray.

Authorities say 10 to 20 people are now facing arrest and police are asking for anyone with video of the violence to bring it to them to help in the investigation.

Police were quick to point out that the vast majority of Penn State students were not involved in the mayhem.

Today, a number of students said they’re upset and ashamed by what they saw on Wednesday night.

“I am a little embarrassed of what was going on,” PSU Senior Krystal Kenlin told KDKA-TV’s David Highfield. “I don’t think that’s the most mature way to handle it — especially from a university such as Penn State.”

“I think that that was the worst reaction we could have had,” PSU Sophomore Felix Weigel added. “I understand that people were angry, disappointed, sad — and we could have shown that by getting together, let’s say on Old Main lawn or even on the street, but — quietly, peacefully.”

Kelsey Burton, a freshman from Greenfield, said she’s upset by the image that others are getting Penn State. “I’m heartbroken to know that people — not only across Pennsylvania, but across the world — are getting this image of Penn State because this is not who we are.”

In the meantime, to prevent any additional problems, police say they plan to increase patrols; and State Police Capt. John Gardner had a strong message for students: “The behavior of last night is not going to be tolerated. Each time they up the ante, we’re going to have to up the ante as well.”


PHOTO GALLERY: Chaos On Campus After PSU Fires JoePa
VIDEO: Interim Coach Tom Bradley (11/10)
VIDEO: Joe Paterno Speaks After Firing (11/9)
VIDEO: Board of Trustees News Conference (11/9)
VIDEO: Watch The Attorney General’s News Conference (11/7)
STORY: Gov. Corbett Asks Penn State Students To Show Restraint
STORY: Bradley Takes Interim Coaching Job “With Mixed Emotions”
LINK: More On The Penn State Scandal

WARNING Contains Graphic Material: Read The Entire Grand Jury Presentment
AG, PSP Commissioner Statements: Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
LINK: Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
LINK: Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Judy Block-Jones

    This is not about football, this is not about a university, this is about vulnerable children who’s lives have been ruined, and hopefully they can get some help to heal and get better.
    It is way past time for people to wake up and stop being in denial. We are talking about innocent children being treated worse than animals.

    Statement by Mark Serrano, SNAP Board Member (, (703) 727-4940)

    Shame on the small, loud and insensitive group of Penn State students who rallied to back Joe Paterno last night. And shame on the university’s top officials who have apparently done little or nothing to educate students about how to respond appropriately in this controversy.

    Such callous displays of support for an accused wrongdoer make it harder for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers in child sex cases to come forward, call police, expose misdeeds, protect others and start healing.

    There’s a pending criminal investigation undertaken by Attorney General Linda Kelly. Current and former Penn State students and staff can help or hinder that probe. The University president should do all he can to make sure everyone at the school helps, not hurts, the efforts by police and prosecutors to find the full truth here. Rallies in support of school officials – whether indicted or not – are harmful. And they hurt those who’ve already been hurt. The president should stop them.

    If someone wants to back Paterno, so be it. But back him privately, not publicly. Bring him cookies, write him notes or pray for him. But don’t make loud, brash, harmful public statements that rub salt into the wounds of child sex victims and deter them from stepping forward and preventing future crimes and cover ups.

    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

    Contact – David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,, Peter Isely (414-429-7259,, Judy Jones, 636-433-2511,

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