Penn State intends to remodel the football showers in the Lasch building where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molested young boys.
University spokesmen David La Torre told the Associated Press on Friday that the school also plans to renovate other parts of the building including the football locker room. The renovation plans for the Lasch building were drawn up shortly after Sandusky’s arrest in November. The school waits to move forward on the renovations until all the legal proceedings are completed.
Some of Sandusky’s most disgusted crimes were committed in the showers of the football locker room. In 2000, a janitor saw Sandusky performing oral sex on a young boy but failed to report the incident. In 2001, a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, saw Sandusky molesting a child in the showers and reported it to Joe Paterno. Paterno then reported it to university head officials, who then did not report it to any legal officials.
Several other symbols on the Penn State campus are up for decision to be removed, mainly the statue of Joe Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium. It’s been a place for students, faculty and residents to congregate to pay respect to the diseased Paterno, including after the Sandusky findings in November.
Mixed feelings of whether to take the statue down or keep it up have been a large topic in the news as of late. That decision will most likely come after all legal proceedings are over as well.
Whether they take the statue down or not, the renovation of the Lasch building and its facilities is what needs to be done.
It’s a step in the right direction to move on from this awful scandal.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.