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  •  Nonsense - that's so one sided (4+ / 0-)

    Residents in ANY school district have both the current school budget and whatever the school's legacy is.

    This particular school is in an upper middle class suburb (according to what I read).

    The current taxpayers benefit from all the investments (or coverups) of those who came before and built the district into a good school district, (if it even is a good school district), which in turn causes home prices to rise, attracts better teachers, etc.

    The current taxpayers benefit from the legacy and they have to clean up the mess of this legacy.

    If the corruption in this school is wide-spread and the budget shrinks, and people move out, and property prices go down it will be the problem of whoever remains.

    If, on the other hand, the town, the taxpayers, and the school board pull together to clean house - and root out both the rapists and those who covered things up, they will have a chance to build a new school reputation.

    PSU anyone?

    Current PSU students and faculty aren't simply paying the price for Sandusky and the cover-up.  They are no longer getting to benefit from a corrupt and illegal legacy.  

    They have to decide whether to stay and build their own on top of the ruins, or leave and go where there is a better legacy.

    •  Oh, please. (1+ / 0-)
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      The people who are going to pay for this are not the people who committed the crime. Most of them probably gained nothing measurable from the crime/coverup -- in fact, most of them probably paid upfront, in higher home prices and property taxes, for whatever hypothetical benefits -- and its completely impossible for you or anyone else to meaningfully estimate the monetary value of any such benefits -- accrued to the community, because most of them didn't live there at the time.

      That's the bottom line, and the end of the story. Getting all excited about the notion that "the school" is going to get punished for its crimes is ridiculous.

      Your PSU example is not a rebuttal -- to the contrary, it's a perfect example of the problem I'm raising. The current student population is getting hammered by a penalty that far outweighs whatever benefit they enjoyed from the years-old coverup. Had PSU admins taken care of business in the first place, fully investigating Sandusky, firing him, and cooperating with victims and the police to bring charges against him, the downstream "legacy" of the scandal would have been substantially attenuated -- which is to say, by this time, it would have scarcely been measurable.
      Some kid who was a freshman at PSU 2 years ago gained nothing meaningful from PSU's refusal to properly deal with Sandusky back in the 90s. Speculating on the existence and value of some vague and non-quantifiable "legacy benefit" is nothing but a desperate attempt to build a model in which what happened at PSU or what is going to happen in this school district represents some sort of excellent justice. It doesn't -- it represents a sort of extremely imperfect justice, the best we can do under the circumstances. It certainly doesn't merit gloating about the penalty to be paid by innocent kids who didn't even exist at the time the perpetrator killed himself.

      There isn't going to be any justice here. No amount of money is going to make the victims whole. Few of the people ponying up the money (or having their school budgets sacrificed in order to provide the money) will have had any involvement in the crime.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:02:06 PM PST

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