The Joe Paterno Statue: To Leave Or Tear Down?

The most recent images of the statue and the culture surrounding it in wake of the newest findings in the Sandusky child abuse scandal.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Students decorate the statue of JoePa before the blue and white spring scrimmage in April. It was the first ‘game’ since his semi-forced retirement this past winter and also the first since his passing in January.


A woman lays a flower at the statue around the same time the Louis Freeh report is released that discloses information proving that Paterno knew about Sandusky’s involvement with his victims and took no action.


Penn State students watch a television intently inside of an on-campus student HUB as they listen in on the details of the Freeh report last Thursday, July 12.


These photos, shown side-by-side, display the changes made to the mural by Michael Pilato in State College, PA. To the left is a photo taken of the original artwork on Jan 23, 2012, in which a halo is present over Joe Paterno’s head. To the right is a photo taken on July 14 – two days after the Freeh report – in which the halo has been removed. Pilato said he felt it necessary to remove the halo after the report showed that Paterno buried the allegations of child sex-abuse against his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.



Notes and flowers laid at the foot of Paterno’s statue last week.



This banner — seen being pulled by a plane over the Penn State University campus in State College on Tuesday, July 17 – depicts just some of the public outcry to have Paterno’s statue taken down in light of the Freeh report.

Photo Credit: AP