Merriam-Webster dictionary defines scapegoat as “one that bears the blame for others.” A student asked if I thought Joe Paterno–fired as Penn State head football coach for his failure to deal with a longtime assistant’s history of sexual abuse of children–was being made this scandal’s scapegoat. (See here, here, and here if you’ve somehow missed this story.) Paterno was told of Jerry Sandusky’s rape of a child in 2002. He reported it higher up the University chain and then did nothing else. No report to the police. No follow-up with the University. Nothing to bring this crime to light or to ensure Sandusky did not rape again. I replied that Paterno and everyone else in the University who knew about this and did nothing should be fired. The student said “but it wasn’t his job to investigate this!” Wrong. It was his job as Sandusky’s supervisor, his job as the supervisor of the assistant who reported the rape to him. And it does not matter whether it was his job; it was his duty as an adult human being. Paterno and his family are upset over how the University handled his firing. A source close to Paterno reportedly said “You give your life to this place and that’s how you’re treated.” Boo-hoo. Let’s reword the source’s statement. “You fail to report child rape by an employee and this is how you’re treated.” It’s sad that Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history, must end his career in this fashion. It’s more sad that Paterno allowed Sandusky to continue preying on children.