Schweyer responds to Penn State trustee news

HARRISBURG, April 5 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding today’s Penn State trustee news.

“News is breaking that Penn State trustee Al Lord, who recently said that he was ‘Running out of sympathy for 35 year old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth,’ is withdrawing from the race to remain a member of the Board of Trustees. Assuming these reports are correct, it is a huge win for our Penn State community, the countless advocates interested in this situation and most importantly the victims of serial rapist, Jerry Sandusky.

“My alma mater has done quite a lot to take responsibility for the victims who were assaulted at our campus. Penn State has done a remarkable job of modernizing reporting mechanisms, increasing awareness of sexual assault, investing in research and yes, changing the culture on our campus and in our commonwealth. Penn State has rightfully been commended for these actions.

“It is clear that Trustee Lord’s statements were 100 percent indefensible and do not reflect on the values of Penn State students past, present or future. They also ran counter to the remarkable progress made by Penn State in the wake of the revelations of Jerry Sandusky.

“I will not applaud his decision to leave because quite frankly anyone who has such a lack of empathy and refusal to take responsibility has no place in the leadership of my alma mater. But I will applaud, again, the activists both inside the university and throughout Nittany Nation for stepping up and saying enough is enough.

“All Penn Staters must remain vigilant that people like this do not infect our University’s leadership in the future just as all communities must never turn a blind eye to this horrible, horrible crime.

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