The whole Penn State biz has been dominating talk at work too....because I work in a large public library and am often the go to person in charge, it begs the question: if I witnessed such an event, what would I do? Defer to internal change of command or go right to 911? At no point in the public dialogue have people questioned why witnesses to such acts did not intervene directly *at that moment*. i like to think that's what I would do. i know I would call the police. And I know that I have been directed to do otherwise, unless I witness a violent criminal act in progress. Crazy. The after the fact outrage is good....maybe we have an almost zero tolerance policy towards something in this country. I see neglect of kids all the time and we are always somewhat squirmy about our response at the library, but real physical abuse? I like to think I'd intervene. Let's hope I never have to find out.
You are correct about Penn State and also about the Walking Dead. I love that show. There's really only been one scene were I was glad I hadn't recently eaten, and it was last week!
I just can't figure out how that assistant who passed the information to Paterno didn't do something!!! And knowing that Sandusky was Paterno's "heir-apparant" you cannot tell me there weren't some rumblings of this going on at some point in time even previous to that incident.
It got me thinking, how many times in our own lives have we "thought" about speaking up about something we see - but we don't and in hindsight we should have. There's been a few for me.
Jack Reacher would've f*cked Sandusky up.