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Penn State Removes Joe Paterno Statue

Chris Gardner/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State removed the statue of former head coach Joe Paterno from outside Beaver Stadium on Sunday.

“Coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond,” Penn State President Rod Erickson said in a released statement. “For that reason, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our university and public safety to remove the statue and store it in a secure location. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.”

The decision was made on Saturday to remove the statue after a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh stated that the late hall of fame coach concealed sex abuse claims against former coach Jerry Sandusky.

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