Bob Jones Student From Bradenton Expelled After Watching "Glee"

Chris Peterman, a senior at Bob Jones University, racked up demerits after he created an activist group on campus, and ultimately was kicked out when his last demerits were issued for watching the television show "Glee" off campus.

A 23-year-old student at Bob Jones University from Bradenton has been kicked out of school after bucking the administration.

But it's the act that resulted in his final demerits, that's causing a stir.

It was a story first reported by WSPA, Chris Peterman said he was kicked off campus this week when he contacted the Department of Education and the university's accreditation agency, after he complained of being targeted by the conservative school's administration.

In late 2011, Peterman formed an activist group on campus, "Do Right BJU," which raised awareness of sexual abuse and provided support to those suffering from sexual abuse.

When the administration had a problem with a demonstration on campus, as well as the group's active Facebook page, Peterman said he became the target of harrassment, receiving demerits for things like not shaving, and toward the end of his time at BJU, for watching the popular Fox show "Glee."

His story is featured on the "Do Right BJU" Facebook page and posted on YouTube. Peterman contacted the offices of Congressman Vern Buchanan and Senator Marco Rubio for help. Peterman says it was contacting the elected officials that led to his expulsion. Bob Jones University leaders told him it was an act of intimidation.

Peterman said he is appealing the decision. Bob Jones University officials have not responded to Patch's request for comment.

David Miller April 29, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Sussane you are obviously in the same cult. So do you do what BJU says when it is doing Evil? Do you think that Chuck Phelps really, really tried to get the rapist to the cops because as he said he called them once or twice but never filled out a police report? He lied to his church & hid the fact that Ernest Willis the rapist, only had and afair with another women & that Tina got preganant probably by some young kid somewhere, because that is what was said & implied on confession night. Do you think if the truth would have been said clearly on confession night that others could have help poor Chuck Phelps to get the police down to the church because someone else could have taken 10 minutes to fill out a police report instead of everyone being ignornat, like you to the truth & so the rapist got to run around the church & PREY on other little victims? Hmmmn ? Do you think that you or me or anyone trying at all, could have found the cops & told the people at least the truth that Ernest Willis, the rapist, got Tina pregant instead of the members meant to be assuming that they were separate situations?Hmmmnn. Chuck was also considered a liar by the courts because he was labled a Hostile Witness. This is labled you get when your story to the cops changes. watch the 20/20 Episode again. Watch Chuck at the end say, oh- I told you this but I told the cops that. That means Chuck Phelps is an obvious LIAR. Do right doesn't mean get even with Chris.
Mike Horvath April 30, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Why does BJU judge students and others on what they do (such as watching a television program? Isn't being judge one thing God does not like? Should those who judge other be condemned to hell in Gods eyes? Please someone tell me what Peterman did was wrong and what is freedom of speech? Please everyone chill and get a life and stop worrying and condenming what others do...... This is not what God wants.
Daisy Deadhead Show April 30, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Christopher Peterman, the student at the center of this story, was on The Daisy Deadhead Show this past Saturday. On the show he details being followed around the campus, being reported to BJU authorities by fellow students, and being called to spiritual counseling sessions at midnight. The show can be found by doing a web search for "The Daisy Deadhead Show" or subscribing via iTunes. In response to a Facebook page set up to intimidate Daisy Deadhead, Mr. Peterman posted the linked youTube video, entitled "Why would you bully a Daisy?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9ct8VqBxbM
Daisy Deadhead Show April 30, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I see that the linking does work. To listen to the show from yesterday streaming or to download a podcast, visit http://www.TheDaisyDeadheadShow.com For more about Daisy Deadhead, visit http://www.DaisyDeadhead.com
RKG May 09, 2012 at 02:39 AM
BJU is not a normal university as all may have guessed. This school views 18 year olds as young children incapable of most decision making. Everything is off limits there and almost every tiny action- clothing choice, lack of slip or pantyhose- actually leads to expulsion. This university is better understood as a private Catholic school run by by the strictest nuns who gladly toss you off campus permanently. Agreeing to attend the school means giving up many rights and freedoms, just as parents control the freedom of small children. Just a reality check- surreal, yes- but reality every day for every student at BJU.


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