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Texas Student Commits Suicide After Title IX Ordeal

Title IX is being used to sidestep a male’s right to due process.

Just a search through this site alone will provide numerous examples of how a law designed to protect equality of opportunity has become an instrument used by radicals to crush young men. Many have had their hopes and dreams shattered.

One young man apparently couldn’t face his uncertain future after his Title IX ordeal:

If every other egregious example of a male student denied due process after being accused of sexual misconduct gets ignored — this one should not be.

A male student who was accused of sexual harassment committed suicide just days after the University of Texas at Arlington ignored its own policies in order to punish him. 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.

College administrators, as well as members of the media and legislators, would do well to remember the name Thomas Klocke.

Klocke, a straight male, was accused by a gay male student of writing anti-gay slurs on his computer during a class. Klocke vehemently denied the accusation, and administrators who investigated the incident acknowledged there was no evidence to support the accuser’s claims, yet Klocke was still punished.

University officials are alleged to have not followed their own policies in part due to an alleged close relationship between the accuser and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Heather Snow. Snow reportedly drafted the complaint, and bypassed the school’s Title IX officer. Further, Klocke is said to have received no hearing.

That’s not all, however:

Snow took control of the disciplinary procedure that involved a complaint she wrote herself. She enlisted the help of UTA’s associate director of academic integrity, Daniel Moore, and had him tell Klocke he was immediately prohibited from attending the class where the incident was alleged to have occurred. Klocke was completing the course as part of a short, pre-summer semester in order to graduate that summer.

When Klocke was informed that an accusation had been lodged against him, he was not told the name of his accuser. Klocke was also informed that he could not contact anyone in the class, directly or indirectly, effectively denying him any ability to find witnesses to corroborate his story.

His accuser was able to remain in the class and find witnesses. He found only one, who didn’t corroborate his account but did say he overheard someone say “you should leave.” This could have been said by either Klocke or his accuser in either of their stories.

Read the whole thing. They put Klocke through hell and now he’s dead.

The University of Texas has some tough questions to answer, and it’s time for this country to stop pretending Title IX is protecting gender equality. It’s not. Not anymore, at least. It’s a political tool for wielding unlawful power.