Controversial Signs Removed From New Prep School Stadium
KINGSTON – Officials at a prep school in Luzerne County said two signs and a plaque were removed from a newly-renovated stadium, following complaints about a name connection to Robert Mericle who is awaiting sentencing for a federal court case in Luzerne County.
A spokesperson for Wyoming Seminary in Kingston told Newswatch 16 that the “Mericle Field” sign on a scoreboard, a plaque, and a sign on the side of Nesbitt Memorial Stadium were removed early Wednesday morning.
According to a statement released by the Board of Trustee’s at the prep school, the signs were intended to honor the Mericle family.
“This decision was made after a thorough review of the current situation and after meeting with the Mericle family, who had agreed to provide support for the stadium renovation project when approached by the school. The initial decision to name the field has detracted from the focus of Wyoming Seminary’s mission. This is a regrettable situation, and we apologize to anyone who has been offended by the naming of the field. It was never the intention to show insensitivity to anyone; rather, this was a gesture to honor a family for its sincere support over a 20-year period.”
The dedication ceremony for Nesbitt Memorial Stadium on Saturday has been cancelled, but officials said the varsity and annual alumni soccer games on homecoming weekend will be held as scheduled.