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Penn State To Discuss Fate Of Joe Paterno Statue

A decision on whether to take down the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., will come within the next 7-10 days, Penn State spokesman Dave la Torre said late Tuesday.

In the wake of last week's release of the Freeh Report, which details the university's initial response to child sexual abuse allegations surrounding former Nittany Lions' defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, many members of the public and commentators have insisted the bronze statue be taken down. As outlined by the 267-page report conducted by Freeh, the former FBI director, Paterno and three top Penn State officials buried allegations against Sandusky more than a decade ago in order to protect the university's image.

Earlier Tuesday, according to, a small commercial plane flew over the Penn State campus carrying a message that read: "Take the statue down or we will."

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