Not long after Mr. West’s conversation with Professor Hecker, Professor Trepper decided that LDS Family Services was no longer a good place for practicum students to work. Professor Trepper informed Mr. West that none of his hours there would count towards his degree. Mr. West was very upset.
At the end of the next semester, Mr. West met with Professor Wetchler to receive his semester evaluation. Until that point, no faculty members had raised concerns over his academic or professional performance. But Professor Wetchler suddenly announced that the faculty had discussed his file and that he was in jeopardy of being kicked out of the program.
Mr. West was shocked and inquired into the reason for this drastic change in his standing with the program. Professor Wetchler admitted that Professor Hecker had relayed some of Mr. West’s questions concerning counseling the teen who wanted help getting rid of his same-sex attractions. From these questions, it was concluded that Mr. West had trouble dealing with clients who engaged in homosexual conduct. Professor Wetchler also admitted that Professor Trepper had expressed a concern regarding Mr. West’s values as they relate to sexuality.
Still in shock, Mr. West consulted with one Professor Byrd at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Byrd mentioned the possibility of challenging the bias, discrimination, and intimidation at Purdue. But Mr. West wanted to graduate, so he did not take any legal action against them.
A few days later, Mr. West met with Professor Trepper to discuss his concerns with Mr. West’s performance. Professor Trepper said he had been intimidated by Mr. West, despite his position high above West in the program’s hierarchy. It seems Trepper had his concerns about Mr. West’s conservative beliefs regarding sexuality.
Mr. West did not hear anything more about being kicked out of the program that year. He continued earning straight “A”s and thinking all was well. But things were not well. Things were not well at all.
…To be continued.