The right sure does love its martyr stories, so much so that they will often keep on believing them even after they’ve been proven false. Like the story of a student in North Carolina who claimed that he was being persecuted for having forgotten he had two shotguns in his car. Liberty University quickly offered the young man a scholarship to reward him. And now that the kid has admitted he lied, that hasn’t changed their mind one bit.
Liberty University is standing by its scholarship offer to high school senior David Cole Withrow, 18, a professed Christian and Eagle Scout who allegedly brought two shotguns April 29 onto the campus of his high school in Princeton, N.C.
Withrow had been skeet shooting over the weekend, and reports quickly spread that Withrow did not realize he had left the unloaded guns in his truck. News outlets reported that when the student discovered his mistake, he approached school officials in an attempt to remove the guns safely. Police then arrested and charged Withrow with bringing a weapon onto educational property, a felony…Within days, Withrow had scholarship offers from Liberty University, where his sister attended, and Harding University in Searcy, Ark. Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. personally reached out to Withrow after seeing him wearing a Liberty T-shirt in news coverage.
But those scholarship offers came into question when Withrow admitted in his May 16 court appearance that he had lied:
“I was not truthful … I did in fact know that the two shotguns were in my truck on school property. I did not mean to hurt anyone by my actions.”
But Liberty says it’s still full speed ahead on the scholarship. Because they’re all about moral values, dontchaknow.