Pensacola Christian College Expels Student Who Participated in Confederate Rally in Charlottesville

Allen Armentrout, dressed in a Confederate uniform and carrying a rifle, stands in front of the statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, VA. (Lauren Berg / The Daily Progress)
Allen Armentrout, dressed in a Confederate uniform and carrying a rifle, stands in front of the statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, VA. (Lauren Berg / The Daily Progress)

A High Point, NC, man, who stood in front of the General Robert E. Lee statue at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, has been removed from his college in Florida.

Allen Armentrout stood in front of the statue on Tuesday, days after a deadly rally Saturday where a car crashed into a crowd and killed a woman after unrest and violence between protesters and white nationalists and neo-Nazi organizations.

Armentrout says he made the trip to Charlottesville to honor Lee, calling him “the greatest American that ever lived.” Armentrout stood at the statue with a semi-automatic handgun, an AR-15 rifle and a Confederate flag. His purpose was to honor and defend a statue that he loved, according to Armentrout.

While standing in front of the monument, Armentrout was met with those who didn’t agree with his actions. According to CNN, one man told Armentrout: “This is our town. Your people have killed us. You tore up our town. You ruined business. The statue is coming down,” to which Armentrout responded “No, it’s not. The state of Virginia has a law that protects monuments like this.”

On Thursday, Armentrout found out the staff of Pensacola Christian College decided to terminate his enrollment.

“I have been released from my school and will be unable to return to college to finish my senior year,” said Armentrout. “I’m processing this and making adjustments to my life to compensate for this scrutiny.”

Armentrout says getting the news about his removal from the school has been gut-wrenching.

“I’m a born-again Christian and I believe this wrench has hindered my attempt to serve the Lord. I believe a Christian institution should support patriotic individuals who want to stand for American tradition and beliefs. It really hurts me a lot when you try to do what’s right and you get attacked,” said Armentrout.

College spokeswoman Amy Glenn told The Christian Post that the school doesn’t comment on the specific status of enrollment or history of a student. She did, however, provide a general statement from the school.

“Pensacola Christian College recognizes the dignity and value of all people and we respect the history of America,” noted the college’s statement.

“We encourage individuals to exercise discernment and seek to build reconciliation, especially during a time of mourning like Charlottesville is experiencing.”

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SOURCE: DaVonté McKenith   
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