A sick, deranged monster of a man goes on a rampage. There are dozens of victims. A community is left in shock, mourning its innocence lost.
That plot applies not only to James Holmes, who will undoubtedly face charges for shooting up a Colorado movie theater last week, but to Jerry Sandusky, whose rampage wasn’t of the killing kind, but which still left dozens of victims — most of them children and their families — to pick up the pieces and recover from a different kind of assault, a different kind of violence.
And as the Penn State community is left in tatters, destroyed by Sandusky’s crimes and its football program virtually gutted by the NCAA, we are all asking how it could have been prevented.
There were, in the case of Penn State, warning signs. Plenty of them. An all too shocking number of them.
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