Showing posts from November, 2011

Tyler Perry's Open Letter to Penn State 11-year-old

In Newsweek Magazine,  Hollywood’s Tyler Perry writes to a young boy involved in the Penn State scandal to tell him he isn’t a victim at all—he’s a survivor.  It is the most eloquent statement I have read on the subject. I don’t know your name, but I kn ow your face. I don’t know your journey, but I know where you are. I am your brother! I must tell you, what you have done is so courageous. The strength that it must have taken for your 11-year-old voice to speak out about such a horrible act is something that I didn’t have the strength or courage to do at that age. I was a very poor young black boy in New Orleans, just a face without a name, swimming in a sea of poverty trying to survive. Forget about living, I was just trying to exist. I was enduring a lot of the same things that you’ve come forward and said happened to you, and it was awful. I felt so powerless. I knew what was happening to me, but unlike you, I couldn’t speak about it because no one saw me. I was invisible and m

Choices have consequences: failing to report child sexual abuse

A teacher, two pastors and a former principal have been arrested in a sexual assault case involving a 15-year-old boy, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office  in Colorado. After a lengthy investigation, multiple interviews and search warrants, deputies said a grand jury indicted four people: ·   A teacher at Hilltop Baptist School, 32-year-old Terah Allyn Rawlings, is charged with eight counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and obscenity-promotion. ·  The senior pastor at Hilltop Baptist Church and former superintendent of Hilltop Baptist School, 63-year-old Franklin "Wayne" Knight, is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect and accessory to a crime. Deputies said Knight is Rawlings' uncle. ·  The associate pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church and former athletic director at Hilltop Baptist School, 57-year-old Raymond "Allen" Knight, is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect. Deputies said he is

Holiday Morning Breakfast Casserole

I love this, now a tradition in the Smith home on most holiday mornings. I love that you can prepare the night before and just bake the next morning.  1 can crescent rolls 1 lb sausage, I like either maple or sage 6 eggs 1 cup millk 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese Flatten out crescent rolls to make a crust in a 13x9 dish. Cook sausage until brown and crumbles, then place on top of the unbaked crust. Mix the eggs and milk and pour over the sausage. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Top with the shredded cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until done.

Remember the Children

Please .  And please don't sympathize with disgraced Paterno ..."After turning a blind eye to the alleged victims, the face of Penn State deserves the shame." - Ian O'Conner Dr. Albert Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says Penn State scandal holds a lesson for Southern Baptists (story in The Associated Baptist Press with my response ). I would hope so. When you see a crime, you call the police. You don’t go to your boss or employer. When you suspect child abuse, call the police. Going to your boss, employer, church, or other institution, etc., to make a report, does not protect kids. Criminal behavior requires a criminal investigation by law enforcement. Predators need secrecy and protection to do harm. The light of truth and knowledge is our greatest tool in protecting kids. A child's life is never of lesser value than an institution and the power and prestige its name holds. Act accordingly. All that is necessar

The Color of Shame without the Hail Marys

I am from a family of blue bloods. Penn State Blue. From the deluge of news coverage you know the broad outlines of this story: a 10 year silence about a Penn State assistant football coach who abused young boys sometimes in the facilities of this legendary football powerhouse, the grand jury investigation, the knowledge that the abuse stretches back 15 years, the arrest of the former assistant coach who ran a program for troubled youth, too, an emergency Sunday meeting of the university’s board, the removal of the athletic director and the vice president for finance and their arraignment on perjury charges for lying to the grand jury the university president who all too quickly backed these top administrators, and in the midst of it the Icon – JoPa, Penn State’s head football coach. And within the span of less time than it takes for the holiday bowl games schedule, the Camelot that has been filled with Merlin’s wizardry has become Mordred unmasked. To a family that understands “

Protecting a program before a child

Just hours after stepping down, two high-ranking Penn State administrators face arraignment Monday on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to properly report suspected child abuse. Columnist Mike Wise at The Washington Post  writes that if these Sandusky allegations are true, Penn State and Joe Paterno deserve part of the blame. You want to grab hold of and shake those who reported the crime only to their superiors, washed their hands of responsibility and then let it go, treating a kid’s life as if it were a football that slipped through their hands. No one from Penn State — not Paterno, not the human neckties, no one — ever reported the alleged incident to law enforcement, which the grand jury report says is required under Pennsylvania law. In Warped Sports World, the don’t-ask, don’t-tell, sweep-it-clean behavior is rationalized as loyalty, having your coach’s or teammate’s back, moving on from the problem. It’s