STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama believes removing the larger-than-life statue of Joe Paterno at Penn State was the right thing to do.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told Washington reporters that Obama believed “it was the right decision” for the university to remove the monument from outside the stadium.
The statue was taken down early Sunday in the wake of a report that found that the late coach and three other top officials concealed sex abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is awaiting sentencing on sex abuse convictions involving 10 boys.
Penn State President Rod Erickson said he decided to have the statue removed because it had “become a source of division” and would be “a recurring wound” to victims of child abuse had it remained.