Police to Increase Meeting Security After Trustees Receive Threats
Citing threats to both individual trustees and tomorrow’s board meeting in general, Penn State Police will provide extra security at tomorrow’s meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in The Penn Stater.
For tomorrow’s meeting, attendees will be required to leave any large bags, backpacks, or oversized handbags in their cars. The meeting will also have an added police presence and security. Anyone attending the meeting with a bag or backpack will be asked to leave or have their bag searched. Media entering the meeting will have to go through a security check as well.
According to the press release, the board feels that the increased presence is required to maintain “proper decorum.” At a special meeting to discuss a resolution on the consent decree two weeks ago, the public that attended wasn’t exactly civil. Some who attended interrupted the board’s discussions despite Chairman Keith Masser’s pleas for a pleasant meeting, and one particularly irate attendee yelled at a security guard to throw her out and called him a “jackass.”
Tomorrow’s meeting should provide ample opportunity for the public to speak out again.