A protest planned during Penn State’s board of trustees meeting Friday has gotten the Paterno family’s approval.
The organizers of the protest, “March for Truth,” aim to send a stern message to the board that many in the Penn State community do not believe they have heard the truth about the failures of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and will not move forward.
“As anyone with an open mind must admit, we have not reached that goal,” wrote Scott Paterno, a son of late football coach Joe Paterno in a letter this week to the event’s organizers. “The Freeh report had a chance to do so, but it failed miserably.
“The March4Truth is the latest example of this community seeking answers from people unwilling to provide them. We applaud this effort and hope the (b)oard will see it as further proof that the just course is also the correct course.”
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Sue Paterno, the widow of the late coach, is one of the supporters.
The march is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, but they won’t be confronting the board, which will be meeting inside the building from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nittany Lions great Franco Harris has been lined up as a guest speaker at the march.
Organizer Ray Blehar said the gathering spot for the march will be somewhere outside the hotel. Signs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.