More reporting on the ousting of Wheaton College’s chaplain

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We did a post on this last week. On May 26, 2020, Wheaton College fired Tim Blackmon, the college chaplain. Blackmon has threatened to sue the school, prompting Wheaton officials to reveal more information about his firing.

Here is Emily Miller McFarland at Religion News Service:

CHICAGO (RNS) — The Rev. Tim Blackmon allegedly referred to a colleague repeatedly by a racial slur and had “The Idiot’s Guide to Kama Sutra” left on a female colleague’s desk while he was chaplain at Wheaton College.

Those are among the allegations that led to Blackmon’s firing late last month, according to a statement Wheaton provided to Religion News Service early Thursday morning (July 9).

Wheaton, an evangelical flagship school in suburban Chicago, initially declined to comment on the details of Blackmon’s firing, referring only to “inappropriate comments and actions of a racial and sexual nature” that the former chaplain made toward other staff.

The college’s written statement comes in response to what it called Blackmon’s “recent public attempts to exonerate his behavior and suggest that the College has treated him unfairly.”

Read the rest here.

And here is a taste of Kevin Schmit’s reporting at The Daily Herald:

“To be clear, I was completely blindsided by this Title IX investigation,” Blackmon said. “Moreover, there were no allegations of flirtation, inappropriate relationships, sexual misconduct or any sexual action towards anyone. At no time did anyone, either the complainant or any witness, communicate offense or discomfort.”

But Joe Moore, Wheaton College’s director of marketing communications, disputed Blackmon’s account late Wednesday night.

“We sincerely hoped not to share details regarding the termination of Reverend Tim Blackmon’s employment at Wheaton College,” Moore said in a statement. “However, in light of the recent public attempts to exonerate his behavior and suggest that the college has treated him unfairly, the college must provide further information about the conduct at issue.”

Moore’s statement alleges Blackmon used an ethnic slur against an Asian American employee, made graphic sexual comments to a married female employee, circulated a lewd meme, and arranged to have an illustrated manual of sexual positions placed on a female staff member’s desk.

Read the entire piece here.