Victim's sister: Penn State students joke about being "Sanduskied"

(CBS) - As the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State continues to unfold, the pain and outrage over Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State football program extend beyond the victims. A sister of one of the victims, herself a junior Penn State, relates her experience on campus, where some students are making light of the situation. The sister says that there are people on campus making jokes about being "Sanduskied."

In an interview with The Patriot-News, the sister describes her horror at what she hears from her classmates.

"I can't escape it," says the sister, whose name was withheld by The Patriot-News. "I've been going to minimal classes, because every class I go to I get sick to my stomach. People are making jokes about it. I understand they don't know I'm involved and it was my brother, but it's still really hard to swallow that."

With the media swarming campus, and students and fans forced to reconcile their love of their school with the heinous allegations, the sister says that compassion for the victims is taking a sideline.

"I've just been really upset about it all because a lot of people aren't focusing on the victims in this," she told The Patriot-News. "And instead they're focusing on other things, like football. As much as you shouldn't blame the football players ... they should be focusing on their respect for the families and what they've been through."

After a night when Penn State students swarmed downtown State College, toppled a television news van, and were dispersed by riot police, the sister says she feels conflicted about the chaos that has descended on the school.

"I had a bunch of friends that actually went. I have mixed feelings about that," she said. "Joe [Paterno], I think, did what he was supposed to do and was focused on his team. I never blamed him."

The sister of the victim does point the finger at one person in particular. "I blame [Penn State president Graham] Spanier because he did know about it, and if he didn't, he was still wrong because he should have known."

While the sister works to deal with the pain and anguish her family has suffered, she says that she still holds Penn State in high regard.

"Penn State isn't Sandusky. He's a very small part," she said. "Penn State did enable him, and I am ashamed of that. But I don't blame people that didn't know about it, and I certainly don't blame the student body. Penn State's getting a bad rap, when it was really just the mistakes of a few men."

  • Bailey Johnson

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