It is unconscionable that a student could be denied his chance at graduation for refusing to be silent about a possible sexual-abuse cover-up, but unfortunately, witnesses and whistleblowers are often the targets of smear campaigns when they attempt to report what they may have seen.
We commend Chris Peterman for his bravery in searching for the truth regarding Chuck Phelps and his alleged impropriety. Though details of the case are thin at this point, the fact that Peterman was suspended for such innocuous activities as posting music to his Facebook and watching Glee is indicative that Bob Jones University was trying everything they could to silence him. We are glad that they were unsuccessful.
We urge anyone who may also have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Phelps or any other BJU employee – teacher or staff – to immediately make a report to police. The example set by Peterman ought to be followed, and we hope his courage will inspire others who may have been suffering in silence.