Penn State Struggles Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

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Fired Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has contacted a criminal defense attorney, NBC News reported.

Paterno not been charged in the Penn State child sex abuse case, but he could still face legal trouble for failing to take more action.

Meanwhile, the scandal is consuming the Penn State community.

University officials say the legendary coach Paterno had to be let go in order for the school to be able to move on from the scandal.

"We must support each other, believe in each other, and stand united during this trying time," Penn State student body president T.J. Bard said.

The community is beginning to calm down after the riots that followed Paterno's firing late Wednesday night.

But the criminal case against Paterno's former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky is heating up.

At least eight boys say he abused them. The mother of one of those boys spoke out in an exclusive interview with ABC's "Good Morning America."

"I had said, you know, maybe we should have come to this conclusion earlier, you should have told me. He was like, 'Well, I didn't know what to do,'" the mom recalled. GMA only identified her as "Victim 1" and obscured her identity for her protection.

Asst. Coach Threatened

Meanwhile, Penn State officials announced that assistant coach Mike Macquarie would not be on the field during this Saturday's final home game because of threats made against him.

Mcqueary is the person who claimed to witness Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a locker room shower.

"We're all very upset right now with the news," Penn State football player Matt McGloin said. "But like I said, Coach Paterno wanted to remind us that we have some games left to play and we're going to keep fighting."

The governor of Pennsylvania addressed concerns that the victims would become scapegoats in Paterno's firing.

"When it comes to the safety of children, there can be no margin for error, no hesitation to act." Gov. Tom Corbett said.

Watch ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday morning for their exclusive interview with the mother of one of the victims.

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