Bob Jones University Suspends Senior For Watching ’Glee’
A 23-year-old college senior claims he was suspended from Bob Jones University (BJU) after he was caught watching the gay-friendly Fox show, "Glee," the South Carolina CBS 7 news station reported.
Chris Peterman was scheduled to graduate in a week but officials from the ultra-conservative Charismatic Christian South Carolina college suspended the student after they were informed he was watching "Glee" at a Starbucks off campus.
Peterman says he knew what he was getting into when he first attended the strict university as the school is known for its intense student rules. It has banned sex, smoking, watching TV on campus, stealing, owning hardcore pornography and much more.
In regards to television content, the school’s handbook states: "Students are to avoid any types of entertainment that could be considered immodest or that contain profanity, scatological realism, sexual perversion, erotic realism, lurid violence, occultism and false philosophical or religious assumptions."
"I wanted to go to Bob Jones, I loved Bob Jones," the Peterman told the news station. "I did agree to that," he says. "For 3 years, I lived under it, and I was fine."
The student says the issue started many months ago after he formed a group called "Do Right BJU," which raised awareness about sexual abuse on campus. In December, the group held a silent protest.
"That’s all when my problems started," Peterman said.
After Christmas break, Peterman says he was being "harassed" by the school’s staff who told him he must meet with BJU’s dean on a weekly basis. After that, the senior claims that he started to receive points against his record for breaking the school’s strict rules. Once a student gets 150 demerits, they are suspended from the university.
"At first, it was for small things, like not shaving, or arriving late back to the dorm," he said.
In April a student caught Peterman watching "Glee" in an off campus Starbucks.
"I love Glee. I’ve watched it from the beginning," Peterman said.