Penn State community reeling in wake of sex abuse scandal

The Penn State community is still reeling from the firing of longtime football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of a widespread child sex abuse scandal. Paterno, who led the Nittany Lions for 46 years, as well as University President Graham Spanier, were both let go by the school's Board of Trustees last night in the wake of the allegations. The scandal broke last weekend, when authorities charged former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky with sexually assaulting eight boys. Sandusky started a charity for underprivileged boys, and allegedly abused them at his home and in university facilities. Students flocked to the streets surrounding the campus, overturning a news van, breaking car windows and toppling lamp posts. Police used pepper spray to control the crowds, which reportedly numbered into the thousands. If convicted on all charges, Sandusky could face up to 460 years in prison. Riots break out after Penn State fires Paterno

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