In the fall of 2011, I was in my last semester at Thiel College when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke at Penn State. The night head football coach Joe Paterno was fired, I was up until 3 a.m. doing my homework because I was watching coverage of what was happening at State College that unfortunate night.

Now here I am a little over 10 years later, and it feels like what happened at Penn State is happening on a smaller scale in Bellwood. It sure brings back a lot of bad memories.

Former Bellwood-Antis junior wrestling coach Ryan Blazier was convicted of seven counts of sexual assault in October. He was sentenced to 21 to 42 years in prison.

It felt like one of the ugliest chapters in Bellwood-Antis history had come to an end, but the events of the past few weeks at Bellwood have only rekindled the ire of events.

Last week I was watching the local news when I learned that Bellwood’s wrestling match had been canceled on Thursday. I wondered if anything new had come out regarding the Blazier investigation, and it turned out that it hadn’t.

There was anger from some calling for the resignation of Bellwood’s directors. There was even a peaceful demonstration on Martin Street this week.

Bellwood is a city of 1,751 citizens according to the 2019 census. Add the rest of the surrounding community of Bellwood-Antis and the number is quite a bit higher. It’s important to point out that this anger towards the administrators of Bellwood-Antis is a small number out of a community of over 2,000 people.

I can totally understand the anger that a crime of this magnitude happened in a close-knit community. But the anger is directed in the wrong direction.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past four years covering Bellwood-Antis sports. Most people in the city are good workers, like most cities I’ve been to on my job. And knowing many school administrators and the love they have for Bellwood-Antis, I would find it very hard to believe that they were hiding information that would harm Bellwood-Antis students.

There will likely come a day when questions relating to this matter can be appropriately answered at a school board meeting. We can’t expect them to do it in a public place right now. And that day to have that conversation isn’t today or anytime soon.