04/13/2017

Student Commits Suicide After Being Accused And Punished For Sexual Harassment Without Due Process — Parents File Suit

Amanda Prestigiacomo, Daily Wire

Thomas Klocke, a straight male student from the University of Texas at Arlington, committed suicide after he was accused of alleged sexual misconduct and punished for it without any form of due process. Klocke was punished by the university for his alleged behavior even though "the school administrators who investigated the incident acknowledged there was no evidence to support the accuser’s claims" and he fiercely denied taking part in any misconduct.

As reported by Watchdog.org: "The accused student’s father, a lawyer acting as the administrator of his son’s estate, is now suing the school for violating his son’s Title IX rights."

Klocke was accused by a gay student of typing slurs in his computer browser during a class. He was punished for the alleged incident, though he vehemently denied the claim and was not given an opportunity to defend himself. He was even barred from speaking to other members of his own class, who would possibly help corroborate his side of the story.

According to the accusing student, as reported by Watchdog, Klocke "made a comment during a class about 'privilege,' and then proceeded to open his laptop and type 'gays should die' into his web browser’s search bar. The accuser ... claims he typed into his own browser search bar, 'I’m gay.'"

The student then said Klocke, under his breath, told him: “Well, then you’re a faggot.” After allegedly asking the accused to leave the classroom, Klocke supposedly said: “You should consider killing yourself.”

According to the suit from Klocke's father, his son claimed the accuser actually made sexual advances toward him. After Klocke rebuffed the gay student, telling him he was straight, the rejected student likely made up the accusation against Klocke, says the suit. 

"Klocke received no hearing, even though he contradicted his accuser’s claims," notes Watchdog. UTA Associate Director of Academic Integrity Daniel Moore informed the student that "he was immediately prohibited from attending the class where the incident was alleged to have occurred."

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