Artist Removes Jerry Sandusky from State Mural

Penn State Community Shaken By Sex Abuse Scandal
Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno watches his team during practice on November 9, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)more pics » Pilato paints over Sandusky.
Penn State and its sleepy town of State College, PA, has been rocked by scandal. Whether you're a sports fan or not, by now, you've probably read or heard about the legendary coach Joe Paterno's former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of underage boys and the potential cover-up by the university to keep up its reputation as wholesome and safe.

Paterno and the university president have been fired, namely so that Penn State can begin the healing and moving on process from such a terrible ordeal, but also for their failing in their moral responsibility to go above and beyond in reporting Sandusky to police, especially considering Paterno was first notified of Sandusky's inappropriate behavior with a young boy within the football facilities.

While the university and officials attempt to unravel the tragedy and the victims continue their recovery process, the small town of State College begins its own version of healing. One of the first things on the docket was to remove Sandusky's image from a popular mural famous in the town. Michael Pilato started his "Inspiration" mural in 2000, updating it regularly. No one has ever been covered up or removed from the mural, but there's no question Sandusky has no place in a painting meant to honor inspirational figures.

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