Penn State students protecting Paterno statue

The SportsXchange

A group of Penn State students have started a vigil intended to protect the Joe Paterno statue from vandals.

Seniors Mike Elliot and Kevin Berkon formed the group after they saw a plane fly over the campus earlier this week displaying a banner that read: "Take the statue down or we will."

The Paterno statue has become a source of criticism at the school and its football program, especially since the results from a scathing report were released and tarnished Paterno's reputation.

The students said they weren't sure how long they would continue to guard to the statue.

According to multiple reports, Air America Aerial Ads of Genoa, Ohio, licensed the plane that carried the banner, but the person who answered the phone at Air America declined to identify who paid for the flight.

Critics want the statue taken down after the report concluded that Paterno was aware of allegations against convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky in 1998, and apparently wasn't forthcoming in his grand jury testimony and an interview given after his firing.
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