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Oxford Considers Removing Paterno Tribute from School

A mural painted 19 years ago may be taken down in the wake of the Penn State scandal.

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    Officials in Oxford are facing a tough decision regarding a mural at one of its schools.

    The mural in the gym at Great Oak Middle School depicts former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno along with one of his well known quotes. Paterno was fired last month after it became known he did not report allegations of sex abuse by one of his assistant coaches to authorities.

    "As this whole story up at Penn State unfolds, I'm leaning toward the inappropriateness of this being on the wall," interim Superintendent Jim Connelly told the Oxford Patch.

    Connelly said he received calls from three or four parents who raised concerns about the mural, and that he would discuss the issue with the Board of Education, the school's principal and the Parent Teacher Organization, Patch reported.

    The mural, which was painted in the gym nearly two decades ago as part of the school's "Heroes Wall" project, includes the Paterno quote: "My best team will be the one that produces the best doctors, lawyers, fathers and citizens, not necessarily the one with the best record. Let's keep it in context."

    Other tributes to Paterno have been changed nationwide, including his name being removed from the Big 10 football championship trophy.