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June 3, 2016

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

The Selinsgrove man banned from Susquehanna University went to a meeting with SU officials hoping to get an apology, but instead received a warning about talking to the Orange Street News.

“They tried to tell us we were wrong for going viral with the story,” Al Peterson told the Orange Street News in an exclusive interview.

Peterson went to the meeting to get answers about why he isn’t allowed on campus to watch his daughters swim at the University pool. But instead they confronted him about talking to the OSN. SU Officials even confronted Peterson and his wife Candace at the May 27th meeting with printed out articles written by the Orange Street News, according to Peterson.

“They are trying to tell us it is our fault for blowing everything out of proportion, but I don’t think it’s that. Our daughters go to SU to swim and I’m not allowed to go. I’d like to be able to go,” Peterson told the OSN.

Peterson was 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 to watch his child’s preschool graduation.

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.

“I just want them to man up and admit they were wrong,” added Peterson.

Susquehanna University has refused to respond to the OSN.

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