Last updated: February 22. 2014 10:34PM - 2658 Views
By Joe Healey jhealey@civitasmedia.com

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WILKES-BARRE – The leader of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the NAACP met Saturday with a family claiming racial bias at King’s College.

Chapter President Ronald Felton listened to Cardell Greene, the father of two brothers Cardell Greene, 24, and Christopher Greene, 21, tell the family’s story at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Hill Street.

The Greens, who are black, are students at the Catholic college and plan to graduate in May. They said they are not allowed to discuss the incidents because of an agreement with King’s to graduate, so their father raised several issues.

Felton said he plans to arrange a meeting with his organization, the family, King’s College President Rev. John Ryan and the head of campus security “to address these issues.”

“I’m going to talk to the family’s attorney and I’ll arrange a meeting,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll all be able to come to an understanding.”

When one of the brothers was attacked off campus, the family was told King’s security has no jurisdiction there, but when the they were in an off-campus house where an altercation took place, King’s security got involved.

The students’ father alleges that the Greene brothers and several other minority students were subjected to harassment, discrimination, intimidation and threats by members of college security.

Greene said several items were stolen from the house in which his sons reside on Bennett Street near the campus in December, and that the alleged burglar, a King’s student at the time, was reportedly offered money by two other King’s students to burglarize the house.

The father said security camera footage from King’s would provide evidence of the burglar’s identity, yet the man was allowed to walk the campus for nearly two months until he was arrested in Hanover Township on drug charges.

The incident was reported to city police, but the Greenes don’t believe police or King’s College were as forthcoming as they should have been.

Felton said he sent a letter to Ryan, but said he received no response. Ryan and King’s Vice President for Business Affairs and CFO John Loyack both responded, but Felton admitted he received some mail he did not yet review. Felton was expecting an emailed response.

“Things might have gotten crossed,” Felton said.

Ryan, who said the college is cooperating with police, said the break-ins were taken seriously by the college and school officials were in contact with police and the Greene brothers. Ryan has indicated he’d be willing to meet to discuss the issue further.

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