STATE COLLEGE (KDKA) – Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was charged in connection with the alleged cover up of a child sexual abuse scandal and it did not take long for word to spread around campus.

Many students weren’t surprised that the charges were filed and said it was more a matter of when rather than if.

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Some students said they were happy about the charges because they saw Spanier as part of the regime that brought down Joe Paterno.

The common theme of the students’ reaction was that the charges will allow the truth to come out in court and allow the university to continue to learn from the scandal

“I didn’t expect it to happen, but I knew it was something that could happen. I’m looking forward to it – not that I think Spanier is guilty or anything – but I think a legal process to have a jury decided whether he is guilty or innocent of the perjury and obstruction of justice charges. I think that’s a better way of doing it than just relying on the Freeh Report,” Student Government Chief of Staff John Zang said.

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“It was something that I saw coming, but of course you don’t want to address it until it arises. I was surprised of course, but it’s something that I knew eventually would occur. I didn’t want it to occur, so we’re trying to cope with it right now,” Student Government Vice President Katelyn Mullen said.

Students are happy to see the process going forward. However, one compared the length of the process to pulling off a Band-Aid slowly.

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