Penn State students flooded downtown State College, Pa., after the school's trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier amid a growing furor over their handling of sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach. Police in riot gear used pepper spray to try to break up the crowd.
After 46 seasons, Joe Paterno is no longer the head coach of the Nittany Lion's football team. He was fired Wednesday night by Penn State's board of trustees. The interim head coach is Tom Bradley. Paterno was caught up in the child sex abuse scandal involving one of his former assistant coaches.
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had announced Wednesday afternoon that he would retire at the end of the football season. But later that day, he was fired from the position he has held for decades by the school's board of trustees. Penn State and Joe Paterno have been criticized for the handling of a child sex abuse case.
The board of trustees at Penn State University has fired school president Graham Spanier and football coach Joe Paterno. The shakeup announced Wednesday night follows criticism of how the school handled child sex abuse allegations against a former assistant coach.
Some experts see parallels to the abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church. "Sometimes it's very difficult for individuals in power to accept that a person they may know personally, or as part of the faculty or church, could be committing these very serious crimes," one psychologist said.
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