Penn State Scandal: Pep Rally Canceled, Candlelight Vigil For Victims To Take Its Place

The Penn State community was rocked by scandal over the course of the past week as numerous allegations of child sex abuse were levied against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. And while the students took criticism for Wednesday night's "riots," or protest following the announcement that Joe Paterno was fired, they deserve praise for what's planned on Friday.

Instead of the traditional Friday night pep rally, the students reportedly plan to hold a candlelight vigil.

#PSU students canceled pep rally tomorrow, have candlelight vigil for victims. Expecting 8,000-10,000

Additionally, those coming to Saturday's game against Nebraska were asked to wear blue to raise awareness for child abuse. Where Wednesday night's rally was ugly and destructive, Friday's planned candlelight vigil presents an opportunity for the Penn State students and community to begin the healing process and focus on what's important here: the victims.

For more on the Nittany Lions, visit SB Nation's Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. For the latest news updates on the Jerry Sandusky investigation, follow our comprehensive StoryStream.

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