45,000 students told to return, 1900 do, 800 leave after infection goes rampant (Was it God?)
Medical professionals, college faculty and local city officials were outraged that the school would even consider re-opening while restrictions were in place
UK Daily Mail: (Censored in US) Eleven students who attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, have come down with coronavirus symptoms after returning to campus.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. decided to reopen the campus to students at the end of spring break despite public health officials warning him not to do so.
The Democratic governor of Virginia Ralph Northam had previously banned gatherings of more than 100 people in the state to which Liberty said it would transition most classes to online.
Northam, who is a doctor, pleaded with Falwell not to reopen campus, but he was ignored.
‘I would suggest that President Falwell look to the actions of the leaders of Virginia´s flagship universities for how to set a strong example in this health crisis and to please reconsider his message that invites and encourages students to return to campus,’ he said.
The on-campus physician, Dr. Thomas Eppes Jr. has admitted the school has ‘lost the ability to corral this thing.’
However, he did not attempt to try and persuade Falwell to close the school back down.
Falwell has long been a staunch ally of President Trump and had previously said that he felt Liberty University was being targeted for being ‘Christian’ and ‘conservative.’