- Dec 17, 2009
There is no such law, just as there is no "Good Samaritan" law that requires (unless excepted by statute) someone to report a crime in progress or to save someone in peril.
Paterno did all he was required to do by statute (I believe).
However, that by no means absolves him of any moral or ethical standards he violated. People have every right to judge him, just as they might judge a person who does nothing to save a dying man on the street because he was late to work.
The bold is correct, but it should be noted that many states have laws making certain people (teachers are a good example) mandatory reporters of sexual abuse. The laws in PA simply require someone like Paterno to report up the chain to his AD. He may not be so lucky in other states.