Student Kicked Out of College After Watching 'Glee': Fair or Foul?

News 2012/04/30 23:00:00
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Chris Peterman, a 23-year-old senior at Bob Jones University in South Carolina, was reportedly kicked out of school for watching an episode of "Glee." And he wasn't watching it in class, in his dorm, or anywhere on campus. He was watching it on his laptop at Starbucks. According to Jezebel, he had accumulated a handful of write-ups for 1) trying to start a group "aimed at ending sexual abuse," 2) showing up late to his dorm and 3) not shaving. The school says "Glee" was not the reason they expelled him, but Peterson says it was the last straw.

Bob Jones students are not permitted to watch television on campus, and while off campus there are still guidelines they must abide by. The handbook reads, "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." Do you think it was fair for the school to kick Peterson out?
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  • mm61675 2012/05/01 01:16:01
    if that's the rules...............who the f would ever go to this college?!?! sounds like a prison

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  • chrispeterman 2012/11/10 06:47:03
    Well... since this happened to me I would like to answer. :)

    I actually did not break any rules. I watched GLEE off campus and there is no rule against watching TV off campus.

    I was expelled because I founded an abuse awareness and support group called Do Right BJU.


    BJU did not like the negative media from my group and they created rules and expelled me.
  • CP Thornhill 2012/06/10 19:05:25
    CP Thornhill
    For watching an episode of Glee?!!! Mind control raises it's ugly head!
    I am so glad that I left the South far, far behind.
    I remember in the 20th century much was reported about how repressive the Soviet Union was. Forbidden books, etc. Mind control. That scared me! ...and now this, in America?
    I thought Star Bucks was about as American as apple pie...not some subversive
    institution where forbidden knowledge should be repressed.
    "Bless their hearts."
  • Brosia - KarmaRaven 2012/05/27 03:58:18
    Brosia - KarmaRaven
    What kind of school was he going to? "You are not allowed to watch TV here, and if you watch it somewhere else, I better also like it, or you don't get to go here any more." I bet he is better off without them.
  • stevie.luplow 2012/05/25 14:28:33
    They have rules, he broke them, multiple times it sounds like...
  • Ryoka∞Boy 2012/05/24 12:28:08
    Because watching Glee makes you a very bad student!
  • nikki 2012/05/14 20:46:44
  • knoodelhed 2012/05/13 00:40:33
    As long as nobody gets hurt, what I do on my own time and my own dime is my own concern. Any "college" that has trouble with this will receive neither my business, nor my recommendation.
  • Quazimoto 2012/05/11 21:28:08
    There is more to the story than is printed me thinks.
  • Caedus01 Sith Lord of the P... 2012/05/09 21:17:09
    Caedus01 Sith Lord of the PHAET
    Ok I wasn't happy when they BUTCHERED "AFternoon Delight" but I wouldn't kick anyone out of school for it unc
  • Rachel Searvogel 2012/05/06 01:16:57
    Rachel Searvogel
    But then again, I think people are crazy for even considering going somewhere with such rules. Like, wtf?
  • Juan Iota Rachel ... 2012/05/10 16:29:05
    Juan Iota
    So, both you AND the brain trust below both admit that even though you would know the rules ahead of time, that its still not fair? Nicely played.
  • Arianne 2012/05/06 00:07:08
    Why you would even go to a university that restricts personal stuff like that I have no idea.
  • Robert903 2012/05/05 21:42:02
  • Rooka 2012/05/05 15:17:48
    its very interestig how the world keeps coming up with rules and laws that don't make any sense like that philospher Heidegger's definition of truth
  • KayaWinters 2012/05/04 22:50:18
    That does not sound like a collage sounds like hell. If your outside the grounds of collage I think you should be able to do anything you want. For watching a tv program outside the grounds, do they have people watching everyone that leaves and records what they do of everyday?
  • Juan Iota KayaWin... 2012/05/10 16:30:18
    Juan Iota
    SOunds like you wont even have to deal with it. Judging from your spelling & grammar, you havent made it past 4th grade.
  • Skar 2012/05/04 06:57:19
    He shouldn't have gone to a college with crazy ass rules he doesn't believe in. It's probably going to be the best thing that's ever happened to him after the dust settles.
  • Ardwin_Viesheight 2012/05/04 01:03:13
    Well thats not the whole story, but I guess if something like this did happen, it wouldnt be fair.
  • Dandydon 2012/05/04 00:41:12
    Maybe he should of read the brochure,instead of using it as a coaster...
  • ~writersblock~ 2012/05/03 23:44:29
    This is from the University's site:

    "Located in Greenville, S.C., Bob Jones University is a biblically faithful, liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do."
  • ruthannhausman 2012/05/03 23:39:07
    Actually, it is foul. But it depends on what the admission requirements of this particular school was, which the students agree to follow when they sign up for enrollment.

    Personally, I think it's stupid to expel somebody for watching any TV show. But like I said, although I cannot imagine what kind of wording this rule would have had, if the guy signed up and agreed to abide by "the rules," then he should have known better and expected to pay a price if he got caught. Which he did. But I still think it's dumb, but what do I know.
  • Murph 65 ruthann... 2012/05/03 23:51:46
    Murph 65
    Have to agree, dumb, but rules are rules and they aren't meant to always be broken. Sometimes you have to do what is required or move on. Or, god forbid these days, take the consequences.
  • michael johnson 2012/05/03 21:47:23
    michael johnson
    What in the world did the guy expect when he went to Christian prison school?
  • dallasjoe 2012/05/03 15:28:50
    Remember this is Bob Jones University an insitution of Christian HATE
  • 615Hitman 2012/05/03 12:56:48
    It's not any of the Dean's business what the guy watches in his own time. But there's probably more to the story than what we're hearing.
  • 615Hitman 615Hitman 2012/05/03 12:59:46
    I actually read the story that time. And it's completely RIDICULOUS. Who would go to school there? Their limitations on what they can watch on tv rules out pretty much everything. Sounds to me like THEY are occult.
  • KatherineKnight250 2012/05/03 12:55:59
    Really? That is just pure stupidity, you can't tell people what to outside the university property. What they did to this guy was really unfair.
  • moo 2012/05/03 08:26:21
    This person has a right to do whatever he feels like doing on his free time. This University in South Carolina has some major big rules that are very plain out stupid. I would suggest everyone not to go to this college. Cause of it dumb retarded rules they have to follow.
  • Dydy 2012/05/03 04:50:24
    Ok they REALLY need a third option here. -.- yes it was sorta fair bc if he decided to go to tht school then he should follow their rules. HOWEVER, expelling him for all those stupid reasons? Thts BS! I'm not saying the school didn't have the right to do tht but their rules r freakin RIDICULOUS!!!! Peterman was better off at a different college to begin with this is all just plain stupid
  • Beverly Cowart 2012/05/03 02:21:56
    Beverly Cowart
    communism state
  • Louis Contreras 2012/05/03 01:45:53
    Louis Contreras
    If he agreed to behave a certain way and did not keep up on the deal it sounds fair.
  • Elizabeth 2012/05/03 00:55:17
    That's not really why he was expelled. He questioned the behavior of one of the faculty members. I have forgotten what that guy did, but it was something none of us would approve of.
  • L.A. woman 2012/05/02 23:00:59
    L.A. woman
    Rules are rules. He chose to go there. The rules were clearly stated in the handbook which was his responsibility to review before he joined. If we don't have rules, we will have anarchy...wait a minute, I can see anarchy all around me
  • Chris 2012/05/02 21:38:23 (edited)
    I guess they can do what they want but this college has more crazy rules than BYU. Oh, snap Mormons!!! Or should I say: oh, snap Bob Jones University in South Carolina!!! Written up for not shaving? Really? Beards and stubble are taboo because...?
  • shola 2012/05/02 18:33:48
    He is great at being an actor
  • sokoyah 2012/05/02 18:17:36
  • shola sokoyah 2012/05/02 18:35:41
    I no right
  • Crimson 2012/05/02 17:52:56
    As far as I know Glee is a show composed of a bunch of retarded people who can't sing... How is it supposed to affect the school? And more disturbing, do they stalk their students in their free time just to find petty reasons to complain? Well, in a way it's a bit of his fault mixed in as well, he did agree to follow this retarded rules after all..
  • Hal Mic... Crimson 2012/05/03 15:10:27 (edited)
    Hal Michalchuk
    Half the people on Glee have been on television prior to or on Broadway.....Id love to be informed of how they cant sing.
  • Crimson Hal Mic... 2012/05/03 17:18:58
    That is just my personal opinion, you don't have to take it so seriously.
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