Orange Street News


Petition to Lift Ban on Al Peterson Created

June 6, 2016

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

A petition has been created calling on Susquehanna University to allow Al Peterson back on campus.

John Lawrence from Waynesboro, Virginia began the petition after first reading Peterson’s story in the Orange Street News.

” I think that those in power need to explain their actions. It allows the rest of us to understand if they are being fair or not. Everyone should be fair and if they are not, then they should suffer the consequences – in this case public rebuke. It is a way to prevent discrimination. Now SU may have a good valid reason but the fact that they refuse to speak with you or the man banned suggest otherwise. It also arrogant and that behavior suggests that they believe they are “better” than the rest of us. I expect to be held accountable for my actions and I insist that others be held to the same standard. We need to standup for our fellow man – “Do unto others as you would have done to you,” Lawrence told the OSN.

Lawrence, a retired mechanical engineer, is hoping that enough people sign the petition that it forces the Susquehanna University to lift the ban or explain to the public their reasons for the ban.

“I would like SU to lift the ban or give a public explanation for their actions and/or retract the ban and apologize to the person in question,” said Lawrence.

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

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.

Any one interested in signing the petition can click on this link.



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