N.C. high school student arrested for leaving shotgun in car gets scholarship to Liberty University

Cole Withrow Liberty University shotgun carThere 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.

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  1. Merriel says:

    Praise the Lord for Christian Universities. This young man deserves this and did NOT deserve to be expelled for having a gun LOCKED in his car. What was he going to do with a locked up gun?

    1. chad says:

      Bad news is he will have to attend Liberty University.

      1. Merriel says:

        What is wrong with Liberty University? I have heard good things aboout.

        1. Merriel says:

          I made a mistake on that last entry. I have heard good things about Liberty University.

          1. chad says:

            Well they teach young earth creationism in biology class for one thing. Whether or not you believe in such things, it shouldn’t be taught to college students as being a legitimate alternative to actual science.

          2. Merriel says:

            Thank you for that information, Chad. I stank corrected.

  2. Infidel Jones says:

    Johnston Co. school admin looks foolish, they have insured that if another gun is accidentally brought to school it will stay all day long. Do the right thing, drop it and save face.

  3. John-LU grad says:

    To Chad – did you graduate or attend LU and actually go to this said biology class?

    1. chad says:

      No, I did not.

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