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“FREE AL” Petition Half Way to its Goal

June 17, 2016

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

A petition calling on Susquehanna University to allow Al Peterson back on campus to see his kids already has 55 signatures — more than half way to its goal.

John Lawrence from Waynesboro, Virginia first began the petition after first reading Peterson’s story in the Orange Street News.  Once it reaches 100 signatures Lawrence says he will present it to Susquehanna University.
“I’ve read Al’s letter and the “explanation” that SU gave him and continue to believe he is being unfairly treated,” Lawrence told the Orange Street News.

Lawrence, a retired mechanical engineer, is hoping that once enough people sign the petition 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.

Last month 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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