Fire Penn State President Graham Spanier
  • Petitioned Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees

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Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees

Fire Penn State President Graham Spanier

    1. Darrell Lucus
    2. Petition by

      Darrell Lucus

      Charlotte, United States

On November 4, 2011, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of child molestation. Among the incidents was one that took place in 2002, three years after Sandusky's retirement.  He was seen having a sexual encounter with a child in a shower.

 When head coach Joe Paterno learned about the incident, he informed athletic director Tim Curley.  However, the only action Curley took was to order Sandusky not to bring any more children from his charity into the football building.  This course of action was approved by Spanier.  At no time did Spanier or Curley report the incident to police.

On November 5, Curley and Penn State senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz were indicted for failing to report the incident, as well as for lying to a grand jury about what they knew about it at the time.  Spanier's first public comment on this was to express support for Curley.

Unacceptable doesn't even begin to describe Spanier's actions here.  This is beyond criminal conduct, but a question of right and wrong.  Spanier must be fired.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Insiders Say Board Told Spanier to keep silent

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      Two administration sources say the Board of Trustees has ordered Spanier to keep silent this week.

    2. Report: Ridge’s name surfaces as possible PSU president

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      The end might be near--some trustees are reportedly talking about bouncing Spanier in favor of former governor Tom Ridge.

    3. Pa. lawmaker wants federal probe of PSU abuse case

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA07) wants the Education Department to investigate whether Penn State officials' failure to report abuse allegations violated the Clery Act.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Penn State Board Of Trustees Meeting Wednesday To Discuss Spanier

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      The Board of Trustees is reportedly meeting tomorrow to discuss Spanier's status, according to SB Nation.

    6. Harrisburg Patriot-News calls for Spanier to resign

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      The Harrisburg Patriot-News became, in all likelihood, the first major newspaper to call for Spanier to go. Quote at the beginning: "It has become increasingly clear that while Penn State University President Graham Spanier has not been charged with breaking any laws, he did not do what is right — for his school or, more importantly, for the alleged victims of coaching legend Jerry Sandusky. Spanier needs to step aside. If he doesn’t, the university board of trustees needs to take that step when it meets this week."

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Pennsylvania AG: more indictments may be in the offing

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      Earlier today, Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly said she hasn't ruled out more charges in the Sandusky affair. That should make Spanier nervous, given he signed off on Curley's handling of the 2002 incident.

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Curley and Schultz out--but not Spanier?

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      For those who haven't heard, Tim Curley has asked to go on administrative leave, and Gary Schultz has gone back into retirement. Apparently Spanier's status wasn't discussed. Looks like we may have to force the issue and make sure it is at some point--that is, if Spanier doesn't resign first. If you want to drop the Board of Trustees at bot@psu.edu.

    11. We made 100 ...

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      Wow ... thanks for the support, I didn't expect this. Can all you Penn State people tell your fellow alums to join in? The more, the better. I say this as a Carolina grad who hates to see another school that is known for doing things right get dragged through the dirt.

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. Did Spanier violate federal law?

      Darrell Lucus
      Petition Organizer

      Based on my own research, those at Penn State who knew about the incidents that took place on campus--including Spanier--may have violated the Clery Act. For those who don't know, the Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to record and disclose information about campus crime. Yet more reason to put the heat on the board of trustees to give Spanier his walking papers.

    14. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Glenn Kienz MORRISTOWN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      He did not fulfill his sworn duty to the University. A complete house cleaning is necessary. This is truly sad. Everyone needs to put it in the following context: What if it wer my son/grandson who experienced this?? thsi?

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    • Rhonda Fleming HOT SPRINGS, AR
      • almost 3 years ago

      Power, money and football trumped the lives of those unsuspecting children.

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    • Vito Angelico BERWYN, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a life long Nittany Lions fan, I have had so much respect for Joe Paterno and the rest of the Penn State family. To know that not only was this going on but it was covered up simply breaks my heart and loses my respect. EVERYONE INVOLVED SHOULD BE FIRED AND INVESTIGATED! If you protected the guilty, you are just as guilty.

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    • Dave Wagner LISLE, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      This whole situation is disgusting and it is a tragedy that nothing has been done until now. I hope Sandusky (child rapist), Gricar (then-Centre County District Attorney), Spanier (University President), Curley (Athletic Director) and Schultz (Senior Vice President for Finance and Business) all burn in effigy.

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    • Gene Dostie NEW HAVEN, CT
      • almost 3 years ago

      Child rapists and their protectors should be punished in the harshest and swiftest ways. Penn State has the ability to make the only right decision NOW! I believe the Catholic church could be healing if only they had taken appropriate action in a timely manner instead of covering up and moving problem priests. The cover-up is often worse than the crime. Fire everyone with any knowledge of this vile creatures proclivities.

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