Liberty students protest news reports concerning Falwell

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is praising students on both sides of a school protest over allegations that he improperly benefited from the institution and disparaged students.

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016, file photo, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., poses during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell Jr. said Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, that he is asking the FBI to investigate what he called a "criminal" smear campaign orchestrated against him by several disgruntled former board members and employees. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Falwell Jr. tweeted Friday that he was "so impressed with how LibertyU students conducted themselves."

He said students "who had concerns and the ones who supported me were both respectful and ... Christ-like in their behavior. Our students are an example the world can learn from!"

Students had gathered at the private evangelical university in Lynchburg, Virginia, and held up signs calling for accountability and an investigation.

They were protesting in the wake of news reports containing allegations that Falwell "presides over a culture of self-dealing" and improperly benefited from the institution.

Following the publication of a Politico Magazine article, Falwell told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wants the FBI to investigate what he called a "criminal" smear campaign orchestrated against him by several disgruntled former board members and employees.

Liberty was founded in 1971 by Falwell's father. It boasts an enrollment of more than 100,000, including those in its massive online education program. It's also an influential hub of conservative politics.



 
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