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(RNS) "The student was shot and killed and the officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment," Liberty said in a statement.

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  1. @spulliam, Is this reporter’s note about the approval of concealed carry a non-sequitur, or does the reporter have information that concealed carry might have been involved? That line, standing alone, is horrible reporting. Either it is relevant information, in which case the reporter should include the facts that make it relevant, or it is not, in which case its inclusion is likely to cause misunderstanding. Please update this report.

        • Calling a person with an opposing view a “wingnut” doesn’t strengthen your position. If you don’t agree with me, explain why. The fact that the author picked one completely unrelated policy change at LU to include in her article about an attacked officer is significant. The fact that you identify the statement as “least relevant detail” proves my point: it had nothing to do with the story, yet it was included. The question then is why? Does she want the reader to imply the concealed carry policy was involved? If not, why include it? Liberty makes many security policy changes each year. Why was this one the only change mentioned? (Not to mention she reported the change incorrectly. Professors have been able to carry for many years.) Why not mention the new lock system in the dorms? Oh…that’s not relevant. What about the new police cruisers or radio system? Not relevant? My point is that bias in the media needs to be exposed and rejected. This is one example of bias and I for one am disappoint that this author chose this article to include it. It makes me not want to read or trust other things she says because she is no longer just reporting facts, rather trying to slant the story.

  2. Liberty just released an update that states the male student attacked the officer. What was he doing in the female dorm at 4 am? Why do you reveal your bias and disdain for our second amendment rights by adding the line about LU allowing concealed carry on campus? Poorly done, Sarah.

  3. Sarah Pulliam Bailey

    Sarah Pulliam Bailey

    Article author

    Hey everyone, thanks for your comments. I included the line about concealed weapons because I thought it was relevant to include a change in policy on campus safety, self protection, guns, etc. If it happened 10 years ago, it wouldn’t have been relevant. I was noting it because it just happened this year. I didn’t say it caused the incident at all. My job is to gather all relevant information, and let readers decide how to interpret it. Thanks for weighing in.

  4. This is a very tragic incident, and it appears LU is handling it quite well. I’d like to reiterate with the rest of the folks that the concealed carry policy of campus has nothing to do with the story. The officer was an Emergency Services Officer commissioned by the local police department, and he was carrying a sidearm for the same reason all police officers do. Thus, it was not concealed, and had nothing to do with the policy. Thus, the inclusion is as completely irrelevant now as it would be if the policy happened 10 years ago. Thanks for paying attention to your article, though.

  5. Definitely a tragedy. My prayers are with all those involved – especially the Hathaway family. Glad to hear that Liberty University is handing this incident with care and support for everyone impacted by it.

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