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May 25, 2015
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
On Sunday Al Peterson sat with his family and watched their son’s pre-school graduate at Susquehanna University.
“It went very well,” Al’s wife, Candice Peterson told the Orange Street News in an exclusive interview.
It wasn’t easy. Peterson was the man banned from Susquehanna University for being a suspected creeper while looking for his lost dog but after a long fight was allowed to be on campus for one day.
The trouble began last September after Peterson and her family lost their beloved family dog. The family drove all around Selinsgrove in their van in search of their beloved family pet, including the University where they believed their dog may have wandered.
But when students saw the van instead of helping the family find the missing canine they instead became upset and reported Peterson to the campus police, who put out an alert. Soon everyone was looking for the van, including police and many local news outlets ran with the story.
When Peterson saw all the trouble she came forward to police thinking she could clear up the mix-up, but instead of apologizing to her husband for getting the story wrong they banned him from the University and threatened to press charges.
Days later, the beloved family dog was found dead on Route 15.
The family was happy that there were allowed to be together for the graduation, but that isn’t the only worry. The Peterson children are also part of the swim group that meet at Susquehanna and unless the university changes its ban Al won’t ever be able to watch his children swim.
“They swim on campus so he can’t come,” Peterson told the OSN. “We still don’t know why. No one will tell us.”
Susquehanna University has refused to comment to the Orange Street News.