PSU Students: We Feel Betrayed, Disappointed

But students in the Lehigh Valley want JoePa to stay.

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    NBC Philadelphia
    November 7, 2011: Penn State students like Kyla Wechezak worry about the impact the alleged sex abuse scandal will have on their school.

    Some students at Penn State's Lehigh Valley campus say they're disappointed and even embarrassed by the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the main campus in Happy Valley and the school's legendary football program.

    "Now every time someone says Penn State, that's all they're going to think of and we'll probably have that reputation for awhile," said sophomore Kyla Wechezak.

    "We Are" Shocked

    [PHI] "We Are" Shocked
    Students at Penn State's satellite campus in Lehigh Valley share their thoughts on the PSU sex scandal. (Published Monday, Nov 7, 2011)

    Former PSU football coach Jerry Sandusky is accused of molesting eight boys. The school's Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz both stepped down on Monday amid allegations that they both knew about the alleged abuse and did not report it. Schultz and Curley both maintain they are innocent.

    What about Joe Paterno and his role? JoePa says he was told about one of the abuse cases and reported it to the Athletic Director. Students have mixed feelings when asked if JoePa should have done more.

    "I think he should have told the cops because it's a very serious defense," said Junior Ropheal Snakari.

    "He did what he was supposed to do and reported it to the A.D.," another student said.

    While that debate continues, students we talked to seemed clear about wanting JoePa to stay.

    "He's a legacy," said Junior Justin El-Hajj. "No doubt in my mind he should continue on."