MSU students rally to support sexual assault victims

Attorney General Bill Schuette

Lindsey Lemke, a collegiate gymnast who says she was abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar when she was a teenager, says she felt pressured by Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages to stay silent when Lemke says she and her mother confronted Klages about Nassar abusing her.

Hollis: "I've always been a Spartan, and I always will be". During the sentencing phase of Nassar's trial, dozens of women came forward and delivered powerful testimony detailing their experiences as victims.

The athletic director also announced his retirement.

Republican consultant Dennis Lennox filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims Thursday seeking to order Snyder into calling inquiries into removal of all members of the MSU Board of Trustees.

There has been no evidence that Simon or Hollis knew Nassar was sexually abusing young girls and women, including some athletes who competed for the Spartans.

Acting university president Bill Beekman said he was not aware of the report at the conclusion of Friday's meeting.

Lemke recalls being called to an emergency team meeting at Michigan State University in September 2016 where she was told that Nassar had been accused of sexual assault.

And one of the protest organizers says the problem didn't start or stop with Simon's resignation.

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A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Hollis' intention to the Free Press on Friday morning. MI attorney general Bill Schuette also plans to open a probe into the university.

Meanwhile, USA Gymnastics director Michael Burns, the head men's coach for the University of Minnesota, said Friday that he resigned from the organization's board, making him at least the fifth member to step down over the Nassar scandal.

Dianne Byrum said she had tried to work privately on the board to change minds, but realized in retrospect she should have spoken out.

The Education Department already was investigating separate complaints about the school's compliance with Title IX, the law that requires public schools to offer equal opportunities to both genders, and compliance with requirements about providing campus crime and security information.

When Hollis became AD, football coach Mark Dantonio was in place but not exactly soaring.

Gov. Rick Snyder is considering action against the MSU Board of Trustees, according to a Friday report.

Students interviewed by MLive expressed support for Simon's decision to resign.

"We should be able to speak up and know that those in charge will do the right thing", she said. They seek more changes.

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