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Penn State Student Leaders Release Statement

This morning, following the release of the Freeh report, a group of Penn State student leaders released a statement to the student body.

Fellow Students,

This morning at 9 am, Judge Louis Freeh released the findings of his internal investigation of Penn State. The Penn State community demanded clarity and charged Judge Freeh with conducting a full investigation based upon the charges brought against former Coach Jerry Sandusky and other administrators in the fall. After more than 400 interviews over the course of eight months, the full report has finally been released to the public. As student leaders, we will do the best we can to ensure that our institution diligently reviews and considers the recommendations laid out in the Freeh report.

We encourage each of you to remain informed and review the full report online at Regardless of the results or findings, remember that we students stand united as Penn State. We are an institution with 158 years of history, tradition, and service. It is certainly a unique time in our University’s history, but there has never been a more important time to remain Penn State. Never forget that we are 96,000 strong and remain bonded by our blue and white. The results of the investigation may leave us angry and shocked; but remember that WE the students will move the university forward from this situation. We are responsible for continuing the incredible legacy of Penn State that has been passed down to us.

Together, let us make the well-being of the victims and closure for all of those involved the top priority. We will never forget the victims, and continue to fight for victims of sexual abuse. Together, we can make an impact and continue the glory and mission of our extraordinary University. Never forget that as Penn Staters we are bonded by a common love of our alma mater — an ineffable love that is shared by no one else in the world.

The student leaders of the Pennsylvania State University sign this letter to show our unwavering support for all victims of abuse and our unity as a student body. We will help define the Penn State of tomorrow. WE ARE…and forever will be…PENN STATE!

Signed by:

Vincenzo Lizza, Courtney Lennartz, Scott Patterson, Kinjal Mathur, William Martin, William Doncsecz, Julianne Robbins, Ben Pugh, Kristin Carpenter, Tyler Doppelheuer, Maggie Quinn, TJ Bard , Amelia Ahnert, Jennifer Wolf, Patrick Kelly, Stephanie Zub, Kevin Horne, Ryan Brown, Mike McHugh, Robert Nellis, Steve Patrick, Matthew Shanes, Jessica Cunning, Sean Meadows, Cathy L. Rogers, Paul Ferrera, Kristie Winiarski, Ben Clark, Paige Blawas, Eric Quackenbush, Ernst Ntiamoah, Chandra Ulinfun

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