REPORT: Virginia mayor slams Liberty University’s ‘reckless’ move to welcome students back during ‘crisis’

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The mayor of Lynchburg, Va., the home of Liberty University, is condemning the school and its president, Jerry Falwell, Jr., for welcoming students back to campus amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, calling the decision “reckless.”

“We are in the midst of a public health crisis,” Treney Tweedy (I) said in a statement on Tuesday. “I am concerned for the students, faculty and employees at Liberty University, and I am also very concerned for the residents of the Lynchburg community. Liberty University is an important part of this community; however, I believe it was a reckless decision to bring students back on campus at this time. It is unfortunate that President Falwell chose to not keep his word to us and to this community.”
Falwell, an ally of President Trump who has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the disease, initially refused to shut down Liberty University’s Lynchburg campus. But he relented last week after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) enforced restrictions against gatherings of more than 100 people, announcing that Liberty would move its classes online. He said in a statement on Monday, though, that he would begin welcoming students back to campus who wanted to take online classes at the university’s facilities.

The novel coronavirus that developed in Wuhan, China has internationally spread to countries all over the globe. In the U.S.,  more than 52,000 people have been reported. The pandemic has led to hundreds of colleges and business moving their work and classes online to help contain the spread.


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*Coronavirus cases worldwide: 436,024

*Total confirmed deaths: 19,630

*Recovered patients: 111,878

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