There is a silver lining in the story of the North Carolina high school student arrested Monday for accidentally leaving his shotgun in his locked car – he’s just earned himself a scholarship to his dream school, Liberty University.
Cole Withrow was expelled from school and charged with a felony after school administrators overheard a private conversation between Withrow and his mother about the gun. According to a family friend, Withrow had gone skeet shooting the day before and forgot to remove the gun from his car before driving to school.
While Withrow will not be able to go back to his high school, he will be allowed to finish the year and graduate on time by attending an alternative schooling program.
“When I reached out to encourage this responsible and impressive young man, I learned that he wanted to go to Liberty University, but couldn’t afford it,” Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said in a press release. “I told him that we would do whatever he needed so that he can attend Liberty. Anti-gun zealots tried to vilify him for doing the right thing, so Liberty has decided to award him the help he needs to attend a private Christian college. I was really impressed with Cole. He is a humble and meek Christian kid who only wants to do the right thing! We want students like Cole Withrow.”
Falwell learned about Withrow from a local TV broadcast, and noticed that Withrow and his sister were both wearing Liberty University t-shirts during the segment. Falwell later learned that Withrow’s sister was a graduate of Liberty University.
Neither the university nor Withrow’s immediate family could be reached for comment as of press time.
Recently Liberty University relaxed its policies toward carrying concealed weapons on campus. The new policy allows students to bring their weapons into the classroom and other academic buildings, but not dormitories.