May 13, 2010 | Comments 5
The posting below, from the computer of Mr. David Vickery, was taken from Facebook.
David Vickery Let me say, I worked closely with many students while I was Dir. of Ch. Ed. for Synod. The students just did not see any problems like the ones reported.
According to my understanding, Daniel has been running to Chuck Wilson with every little complaint. This is where certain faculty members told students to go to get their complaints broadcast.
All of the student harassment problems were elevated by four or five students intent on causing problems through the properganda [sic] machine of Chuck Wilson.
An enviroment [sic] of intimadation [sic] did not and does not exist on Erskine Camp [sic]
This posting is astounding, especially for the members of Second Presbytery in the ARP Church.
The Editor is a member of Second Presbytery. The Editor writes in defense of and for the honor of his Presbytery.
As stated above, Mr. David Vickery is the former Director of Christian Education for General Synod. He is also a retired High School principal, a member of the Minister and His Work Committee of Second Presbytery, and a member of the Greenville ARP Church.
In 2007, at the fall meeting of Second Presbytery, a request from a large group of Erskine student leaders was presented to Second Presbytery. The list of students who signed the request was long and it was a “Who’s Who of Erskine students” – not “four or five students,” as Mr. Vickery alleges. The students’ request was a plea to Second Presbytery for help in their dealing with Erskine administrators who were members of Second Presbytery. They stated that a “culture of intimidation” existed at Erskine.
According to procedures, the delegates of Second Presbytery voted to place the matter in the hands of the members of the Minister and His Work Committee (M&HWC). After a preliminary examination of the students’ request by the M&HWC, a Commission was formed that was made up of three members of the M&HWC (Drs. John Cook, Jim Corbitt, and Mr. Stu Wright) and the Moderator of Presbytery (Mr. Floy Jumper). The students were interviewed by the M&HWC. Since the matter involved Erskine administrators who were named and who were also ministers in Second Presbytery (President Randy Ruble, Executive Vice President Neely Gaston, and Vice President Jay West), they were also interviewed.
The matter was adjudicated in this manner. (1) The Commission reported that “a culture of intimidation” did indeed exist at Erskine; and (2) the Commission found the actions of Dr. Jay West were inappropriate and his Rebuke was moved and passed by the Presbytery.
For the reader, “Rebuke” is the mildest form of censure in the ARP Church. Basically, Mr. West was told to cease from doing what he had been doing, that is, he was told to be nice. Dr. West has often written that the members of the Commission failed in their investigation in that all relevant parties were not interviewed; however, when Dr. West acknowledged the nature of his actions with students, the investigation ceased. A witness was not needed to confirm what Dr. West acknowledged.
It is astounding that Mr. Vickery writes that “An enviroment [sic] of intimadation [sic] did not and does not exist.” Mr. Vickery was a member of the M&HWC at that time. Does he mean to say that the M&HWC and the Commission that was formed out of the M&HWC (the Committee of which he was and is now a member) mislead Second Presbytery? Does Mr. Vickery mean to say that Second Presbytery has misrepresented the Erskine situation? In examining the records of Second Presbytery, the Editor does not find that Mr. Vickery objected to either the report of the M&HWC or the actions of the Commission or Second Presbytery.
It is also astounding that Mr. Vickery attributes all that took place to a few Erskine students running to Chuck Wilson’s “properganda [sic] machine.” At the time when the students sent their letter, Chuck Wilson was unaware of the letter from the students. At that time, Church Wilson had not met Mr. Daniel Wells or any of the students who signed the petition asking for redress. For the record, it was some time later that Chuck Wilson met some of the students who signed the letter. At that time, there was no ARPTalk. It was more than a year later that ARPTalk came into existence. The first distribution of ARPTalk was May/June 2008.
Once again, for the record, when the report of the Commission came before Second Presbytery, there was only one person who objected to the actions of the Commission and the proceedings of Second Presbytery. Chuck Wilson objected to the Commission’s being formed to do a committee’s work. Chuck Wilson objected to Dr. West not being given an opportunity to speak before the Presbytery. Frankly, Chuck Wilson was disappointed with the manner in which the matter was dealt. Chuck Wilson even offended some of his friends with his objections.
In the words of baseball player, manager, and philosopher Casey Stengel, “You can look it up!”
These are my thoughts,
Charles W. Wilson
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