Bob Jones Student Caught Watching "Glee", Kicked Off Campus
GREENVILLE, S.C. –
Just a week before graduation, 23 year aged Chris Peterman should be scheming his top and gown. Instead, a Bob Jones University tyro says he’s fighting for a grade he believes he’s earned, and he believes a renouned radio uncover “Glee” might be partly to blame. “I wanted to go to Bob Jones, we desired Bob Jones,” a Senior says. Peterman admits when he sealed adult for a regressive Baptist propagandize in 2006, he knew accurately what he was removing himself into. He also says he accepted a school’s despotic set of standards, manners famous for banning all from sex and smoking, to examination radio on campus. “I did determine to that,” he says. “For 3 years, we lived underneath it, and we was fine.”
Peterman says a problems began several months ago, after he shaped a organisation called “Do Right BJU” to support passionate abuse recognition on campus. The organisation hold a wordless criticism in December, and perceived widespread attention. “That’s all when my problems started,” recalls Peterman.
When he returned to campus following Christmas break, a Senior describes being “harassed” by university administrators, who educated him to attend weekly meetings with a Dean. Shortly after that, Peterman claims he began receiving demerits, or points, opposite his record for violation manners summarized in a tyro handbook. Students are authorised 150 demerits, before being dangling from school. “At first, it was for tiny things, like not shaving, or nearing late behind to a dorm.”
In April, a infractions escalated after Peterman says another tyro speckled him examination a FOX radio uncover “Glee” during a Starbucks off campus. Peterman says he’s always been a large fan. “I adore Glee. I’ve watched it from a beginning.” Shortly after a incident, he was called into a Dean’s bureau and given 50 demerits, putting him dangerously tighten to a school’s 150 demerit limit. Peterman says a Dean told him a calm of a uncover was “morally reprehensible” and opposite a school’s values. “It was since we was examination Glee,” he says. “If we had been examination basketball, he says that would have been fine.”
Seven on Your Side contacted a school, and we were told Peterman’s problems have zero to do with a TV show. School orator Carol Keirstead says while students are authorised to watch radio off campus, certain content, like some featured in “Glee”, would not be deliberate appropriate. Keirstead expelled a created matter saying: “We design students to conform a tyro compact in a suggestion and a letter. Our idea is to assistance him succeed, and we’ve finished all we can to assistance him succeed.”
After contacting a dialect of Education and a university’s accreditation group for help, Peterman says he perceived his final demerits, effectively suspending him and kicking him off campus. The reason on his demerit list reads: “Insubordination/Disrespect”.
The 23 year aged says he will appeal, and still has faith he’ll accept that degree. “God is in control. God has a devise for this.”