Much of the fallout from the shocking Jerry Sandusky case has focused on why athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz failed to report Sandusky to the police, as well as why Joe Paterno failed to follow up after informing Curley and Schultz of the allegations against Sandusky.
But the mother of one of Sandusky's alleged victims is just as angry with Penn State president Graham Spanier and assistant coach Mike McQueary, voicing her complaints in an interview with The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News.
When the news broke that Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of sexual abuse and Curley and Schultz were charged with perjury and failure to report, Spanier released a statement saying Curley and Schultz "have my my unconditional support," adding "I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee."
The mother is upset that Spanier was so vocal in his support:
"I'm so upset," said the mom of the 24-year-old, who authorities are calling Victim Six. "My son is extremely distraught, and now to see how we were betrayed, words cannot tell you. To see that Graham Spanier is putting his unconditional support behind Curley and Shultz when he should be putting his support behind the victims, it just makes them victims all over again."
The same mother also unloaded on McQueary, who testified that as a 28-year-old graduate assistant in 2002 he witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy but did not make an effort to stop him, instead calling his father for advice before reporting the incident to Joe Paterno:
"I don't even have words to talk about the betrayal that I feel," said the mom of Victim Six. "[McQueary] was a grown man, and he saw a boy being sodomized ... He ran and called his daddy?"
Former NFL linebacker LaVarr Arrington, who played with McQueary at Penn State, is equally confused. From his radio show on 106.7 FM in Washington D.C., as transcribed by The Patriot-News:
"I know Mike [McQueary]. Mike was my quarterback,'' Arrington said.
"I know him. So I'm trying to understand, how do you, and again, maybe he felt as though it would be better suited if it came from Coach Paterno. ... I'm going to tell you right now, I gotta stop that [assault].
"Even if it's, 'Coach [Sandusky], I gotta stop you. ... I gotta take this to Coach Paterno right now'. This is not good, oh my gosh, this is not good.''
McQueary has yet to publicly comment on the case, but the collective inaction of everyone involved may never be understood or explained.