A Christian student at a Baptist college in Florida says he has been expelled after he decided it would be a good idea to dress in Civil War-era military garb and stand at attention holding a Confederate flag and an AR-15 rifle in front of a General Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia last week.
The student, who appeared in an Associated Press video which quickly spread across the Internet, is Allen Armentrout of High Point, North Carolina, reports Piedmont Triad NBC affiliate WXII-TV.
The incident that led to Armentrout’s alleged suspension occurred last Tuesday.
Armentrout says he suffered unnecessary verbal abuse and obscene hand gestures from other people in the park as he stood salutinghis hero General Robert E. Lee and otherwise made what he called a symbolic stand.
Armentrout said he trekked to Charlottesville with his Confederate military uniform, his flag and his weapon because he wanted to honor Lee — “the greatest American that ever lived,” he told WXII-TV.
On Thursday, Armentrout claimed, officials at Pensacola Christian College informed him that he has been expelled.
“I have been released from my school and will be unable to return to college to finish my senior year,” Armentrout told the NBC station. “I’m processing this and making adjustments to my life to compensate for this scrutiny.”
“I’m a born-again Christian and I believe this wrench has hindered my attempt to serve the Lord,” Armentrout also said. “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.”