Penn State Takes Down Joe Paterno Statue

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The statue of Joe Paterno outside Penn State's football stadium was removed Sunday.

Paterno's statue was taken down, as well as the iconography of his involvement in hiding child sex abuse allegations against his retired assistant, Jerry Sandusky, that the statue adopted.

The statue weighs over 900 pounds and is nearly 7 feet tall, and was built in 2001 in honor of his 324th Division 1 coaching victory, as well as his "contributions to the university," the Associated Press said.

Rodney Erickson, Penn State president, ordered the statue's removal Sunday morning, saying it is "a source of division and an obstacle to healing," USA Today said.

"I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse," Erickson said in a statement Sunday morning, The Associated Press said.

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