They are rioting because they are in the right.
Joe Paterno should not have been fired. He did exactly what the law required of him as a mandated reporter in Pennsylvania. He reported it up his chain of command. He did not enable it or turn a blind eye to it. As far as I am concerned, he should get his job back.
My question is: Why are WE not rioting FOR Joe Paterno? Why are we not supporting a person that spoke up for the victims?
Joe Paterno is on the board of The Second Mile.
As such he did not have any "Chain of command" over him and that position (honorary or not) carried with it a responsibility to report every incident ever relayed to him directly to law enforcement.
Let's stop trying to defend him on the basis of his lessor obligations stemming from his position at Penn State.