WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Penn State scandal is no doubt tugging on the heart strings of students, fans and alumni everywhere. Our family here at WWAY has one of the biggest Penn State supporters in all the Cape Fear.
One look at Tim Buckley’s living room, and you can easily see that the WWAY meteorologist bleeds Penn State blue. Tim not only graduated from PSU, but was part of the school’s Blue Band.
This week Tim, just like many other alumni and fans, have been glued to a screen as the allegations of child molestation by a former assistant coach have surfaced.
For those that not only graduated from the university but have made the school part of who they are, the scandal is hard to swallow. Tim admits at times it has brought him to tears.
“It’s been hard, ’cause it is part of you, so you try and balance that,” Tim said. “As alumni we are not a part of what went on. We didn’t know what was going on, but it’s so much a part of you… You’re trying to figure out what can I believe? Who can I believe? How can that happen there?”
Tim admits it was difficult seeing the firing of Penn State’s iconic coach, especially because Joe Paterno was not given one last opportunity to lead his team on the football field. But as an alum who knows that the university must make it through this tough time, Tim agrees that people who may been involved, even JoePa, have to be let go.
“We have to prove to people that is not who we are as a university. That is not what we want, of course, as a university, and really just bring it back. Make something good out of it. Bring it back to the victims, the kids that are really the tragic figures here,” Tim said.
And as the process of healing begins, many alumni and fans like Tim will look for the lesson to be learned from the controversy.
“Maybe if anything we can get more people to come forward, not from this incident exclusively, but in general. Have people talk about it. Have people make it known that this can’t go on. If you see, something report it. Maybe that can be the message out of this that really you have to stop this,” Tim said. “If that is what we can do as Penn Staters now having this affect us so deeply, maybe that’s where we can make our impact.”
Tim will be at Penn State’s football game against Nebraska Saturday. He says he is not to sure what the atmosphere will be like, but Tim hopes it’s one that will promote healing not only the university but most importantly the victims.