Why is #FreeCole taking over Twitter?

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When David "Cole" Withrow, a senior at Princeton High School in Johnston, N.C., realized he left his shotgun in his truck, he called his mother from the front office of his school to come pick it up. His conversation was overheard and he was expelled and received a felony charge.

Cole is an Eagle Scout who did his senior class project on gun safety and was looking forward to college in the fall. Knowing full well what the repercussions of having a gun anywhere on campus were, he immediately wanted to resolve the issue. After debating between driving back home and being counted as tardy or calling his mom from school to collect the gun, he decided to call his mother. While making the call from the school's front office, Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes reports that the 18-year-old's conversation was overheard.

“He was overheard in a private conversation with his mother explaining what happened,” Kimberly Boykin, a friend of the Withrow family told Starnes. “He could have told a story, but he told the truth.”

“I think it’s an injustice for this young man,” she said. “He’s a good guy. He’s loved by his classmates and his teachers. You don’t become an Eagle Scout by being a bad seed.”

Withrow has been expelled for a year and will not be able to graduate with his class, potentially off-setting his plans for college in the fall. He also received a felony charge — something that at the age of 18 isn't going to go away. A charge like that has the potential to negatively impact Cole for his entire life.

"He didn't brandish it," Glenn pointed out. "He wasn't threatening anybody."

"Isn't this exactly, Glenn, what you've been talking about, about? How they are trying to create that overwhelming feeling when you're young that — it's not violence that's done with guns, it's just the gun itself that's awful?" Stu asked.

While this administration claims to be pushing for "common sense gun reforms," Glenn notes that they're abandoning common sense with gun regulation. This kid was trying to do the right thing and stay out of trouble.

"They hear the word "rifle" and they call the police," Stu added. "It's one of our guaranteed rights of the Constitution and they're calling the police because they hear the word."

"I think is you're exactly right: They are trying to make all of our kids afraid of guns and just give up," Pat said.

But now, because of the unbelievable overreaction, the kid has a record. In many states he'll now never be able to own a gun. They've labeled an honor student, Eagle Scout a criminal for making an attempt to do the right thing after realizing he had made an honest mistake.

WRAL was given this statement from the high school:

Johnston County schools spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones said the school system has to follow state law regarding weapons on campus.

“Please know that with student and personnel issues, we carefully balance all factors to arrive at a fair and just outcome,” she said in a statement Wednesday. “Certain items are mandated and we have no choice but to follow the law.”

Cole's classmates aren't so quick to give up. They're making their voice heard and gaining a lot of support around the country for Cole. In addition to students from Princeton High School rallying around Winthrow and petitioning the school board to let the senior graduate, a #FreeCole movement has begun to spread across Facebook and Twitter.

RIP Common Sense.

**UPDATE**

TheBlaze.com is reporting attorney for the Johnston Country School Board of Education, Jimmy Lawrence, is claiming Winthrow was not expelled, but that "provisions" have been made for him to continue education through the end of the year in order to receive his diploma.

WTVD elaborated that Winthrow will have the opportunity to attend an alternative school. It also noted Lawrence saying that according to North Carolina law and the Federal Gun Free Schools Act, Withrow’s violation would merit a 365-day suspension, but this brought up by the Johnston County School Board.

**UPDATE 2**

It is being reported that Liberty University is offerring Cole Withrow a scholarship.

Jerry Falwell, Jr., the chancellor of Liberty University, had been traveling through North Carolina and saw a local television news account of Withrow’s ordeal. He also noticed that the 18-year-old was wearing a “Liberty University” t-shirt.

Falwell told Fox News that he made a few calls and discovered that Withrow’s sister is a Liberty graduate.

“I was really impressed with what a meek and humble Christian kid he is,” Falwell said. “I thought he would be a perfect fit at Liberty.”

So the chancellor made the 18-year-old an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“I told him that we would give him whatever scholarships he needed to attend Liberty University,” he said.

Falwell said the university is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure the teenager gets a college education.

“The anti-gun zealots seem to be vilifying him for making an honest mistake,” he told Fox News. “We want to reward him for trying to do the right thing.”

And that means even helping the young man finish his last few weeks of high school. Falwell said they offered to let him finish his high school work through their online academy.

Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., is the world’s largest Christian university with nearly 100,000 students. The chancellor said he’s been flooded with messages of support for Withrow from the Liberty community.

“It’s something our whole university feels good about,” he said.

For now Withrow, who had a spotless record, faces a precarious future. It’s unclear at this point how the pending criminal charges will be worked out.

Falwell called the boy’s predicament “disturbing and unsettling.”

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

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