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Penn State is quiet after night of rioting in wake of child abuse scandal

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People are seen walking along the campus of Penn State University following a night of rioting at the school in response to the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal Nov. 10, in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno was fired amid allegations that former former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse.

Penn State's campus has been at the center of attention since news broke that Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator under legendary football coach Joe Paterno, has been charged with sexually abusing eight young boys over a 15-year-period. Riots occurred last night after Joe Paterno was fired with only three games left in his final season. He had announced his plan to retire as the story gained momentum. Today, students held quieter gatherings on campus to express solidarity with the alleged rape victims.

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Penn State engineering student Pat Dawe reads the Daily Collegian at Old Main, in the center of Penn State University's campus.

 

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Penn State students gather at Old Main, at the center of Penn State University's campus, to express solidarity with the alleged rape victims.

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Penn State students gather at Old Main, at the center of Penn State University's campus, to express solidarity with the alleged rape victims following a night of rioting.

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The (Penn State) Collegian