Baylor Interim President David Garland claimed he was told not to speak with the media before he had KCEN HD News removed from the campus on Tuesday.
The news outlet had wanted to see some truth from Baylor, considering that the school has kept very hush-hush about the latest scandal. They have refused to release the full findings of the Pepper Hamilton report, which contained details about how Baylor handled reports of sexual assault involving members of the school’s community.
Multiple calls have been made to the Baylor media relations staff over the course of the past several days, but they’ve gone unanswered and unreturned. This prompted KCEN HD to head over to the campus in person to get to the bottom of what exactly is going on at the university.
Garland declined an interview after he saw the crew, and the Baylor police told the station that they were permitted to wait inside of the news vehicle in case Garland reconsidered.
When Garland walked through the parking lot, reporter Stephen Adams inquired as to if the president was being told not to speak with KCEN HD or if he was simply not supposed to have interaction with the media at all. Garland claimed that it was “both”, and said that there was nothing new to report. Garland then walked away, and a Baylor security offer ordered the news station to leave the campus.
KCEN HD had set out to ask Garland about his Monday meeting with members of the Baylor Board of Regents, as well as to see just how much former head coach Art Briles and former president Ken Starr knew about the claims of sexual assault that was apparently rampant on campus.
Though Baylor spokeswoman Tonya Lewis did not return any of the phone calls made to her Tuesday, she did address the questions via email.
“We can confirm, there was no vote regarding the employment status of Art Briles,” Lewis said of the meeting.
Garland also assured WFAA that Baylor would become “the safest place on the planet.”
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