Sandusky Home Borders Elementary-School Grounds; Administrative Action Taken
The family home of Jerry Sandusky, accused of an extended pattern of child sexual abuse, borders the grounds of Lemont Elementary School, in College Township.
In light of that, school Principal Scott Deshong "has taken additional administrative action to ensure our children are safe," State College schools Superintendent Robert O'Donnell reported Friday.
"These measures have been in place throughout the week and will remain in place moving forward," O'Donnell wrote in an e-mail message to reporters.
He underscored that the State College Area School District communicates regularly with State College police -- and has been aware of the proximity of the Sandusky residence.
"In regard to our entire district, we continue to follow our established safety protocols to ensure all students are as safe as possible," O'Donnell wrote. "We will continue to collaborate with the State College borough, Ferguson Township and Patton Township police departments and remain vigilant in our efforts."
College Township is patrolled by State College borough police. O'Donnell said the district, at this point, "is unaware of any inappropriate interactions between Mr. Sandusky and any State College school-district students."
Also Friday, O'Donnell sent a note to parents and guardians in the school district. The full text of that note is pasted below this report.
The Sandusky home is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac. No one appeared to be home when StateCollege.com journalists visited Thursday evening and again on Friday. One front window appeared broken Friday afternoon.
ESPN, citing local police, reported that someone threw a cinder block through it. (To see photos, click on the large image above; that will open a gallery.)
Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, founded The Second Mile nonprofit group. He is facing 40 criminal charges -- charges that were filed last week. Through his lawyer, however, Sandusky has said he is innocent of the sexual-abuse claims.
All related StateCollege.com coverage of the charges against Sandusky -- and the fallout -- is linked through the page below.
The Friday note from Superintendent O'Donnell to local parents and guardians is posted here. (The full-length version that they received includes detailed contact information for school counselors. That contact information is not included in this public re-posting.)
Dear State College Area School District Parent/Guardian,
As we reflect on the recent events that have transpired in our community, we want to share information that may help us to ensure our actions in school and at home are responsive to your child's needs.
At this time, we have provided all district staff with the following reminders:
Be alert to our own conversations and audience present.
Be alert to student conversations and seek support from the school counselor as needed.
Be mindful of our role as mandated reports, detailed in policy 806 (http://www.scasd.org/Page/711).
If ever you have a concern relating to your child's emotional well-being, please do not hesitate to seek support from your school's counselor.
We appreciate your considerations.