McQueary Takes the Stand

I joke about trigger-warnings, sometimes here. I'm not joking on this one. The post is after the jump. Do not read it if you know that you can't.

Matt Brooks describes McQueary's testimony to The Washington Post:

McQueary said he peeked into the shower several times and saw Sandusky with his hands wrapped around the waist of a boy he estimated to be 10 or 12 years old. He said both were naked, the boy was facing the wall, and that the last time he looked in, Sandusky and the boy had separated. "I know they saw me," McQueary said. "They looked directly in my eye, both of them..." 

When McQueary met with Curley and Schultz nine or 10 days later, he told them he heard skin on skin slapping sounds in a locker room shower, and then saw Sandusky and the boy, both naked. McQueary said he fully conveyed what he had seen. The two officials have been accused of lying to a grand jury about McQueary's report. 

"I told them that I saw Jerry in the showers with a young boy and that what I had seen was extremely sexual and over the lines and it was wrong," McQueary said Friday. "I would have described that it was extremely sexual and I thought that some kind of intercourse was going on."

This is just devastating stuff.I am waiting for the long-form piece that explains a culture, wherein, you absolutely defer to authority in this sort of way. People have written about it other places. But I'd love to see a piece like that about Happy Valley. Even that name now evokes an unfortunate irony. I'd rather read that then be treated to all the "If that was me..." speculation.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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