If the trustees don’t dismiss this miscreant, they are irresponsible and foolish.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. denigrated students and staff alike in several newly obtained emails dating back to 2008 — one in which he called a student “emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded,” according to a new report.
The comments, contained in email exchanges with colleagues obtained by Reuters, range from labeling some students at the Lynchburg, Virginia, evangelical Christian university as “social misfits” to calling the school’s police chief a “half-wit.”
“I talked to [name of student] today,” Falwell wrote in one email from 2010. “[He] is emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded. He is a nice kid but is an easy target for anyone who will give him a little attention. I feel sorry for [him] but he is not a leader among students.”
In another, from 2011, Falwell allegedly called Ronald Sones, then the dean of the engineering school, “a bag of hot air” who “couldn’t spell the word profit.” Sones could not be reached be Reuters.
He also branded campus police chief Richard Hinkley as “a half-wit and easy to manipulate” who shouldn’t be allowed to speak publicly. He, too, couldn’t be reached for comment.
I think we all know who the real half wit is. And his name is Jerry Falwell. HE MUST GO. Anyone who hates students as much as he clearly does, does not deserve to be at a university.
In another email to officials from 2012, Falwell allegedly dismissed students’ parents who begged the school not to relocate their kids from on-campus dorms to off-campus housing in the middle of their freshman year. At the time, Liberty was looking to raze some dorms to build new ones.
“Tell them, if they keep complaining, we’ll tear them down over Thanksgiving break!” Falwell allegedly wrote.
In a 2015 email, Falwell is said to have blasted students who tried to avoid Liberty parking fees by using an off-campus lot.
“These students need to learn to play by the rules or they can go to another college,” he allegedly said. “I’m tired of this crap. Thanks! Jerry.”
He’s simply evil. If he isn’t gone soon, it’s only because the Liberty trustees are useless hacks.