College Student Claims Salute to Robert E. Lee Got Him Expelled

This was after an Associated Press video of him went viral.

Last week, Allen Armentrout stood at attention and saluted a statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation park in Charlottesville, Virginia. The college student descended on the park dressed in Civil War-era military clothing, carrying the Northern Virginia battle flag, and an AR-15 over his shoulder. As he conducted his silent tribute at the base of the statue, angry leftists got in his face and delivered a barrage of middle fingers and F-words. It was all captured by Associated Press cameras and was widely shared online.

Armentrout said his purpose was to honor “the greatest American that ever lived.” However, the leftists tried to prevent him from doing so by yelling at him, “Terrorist, go home!” Eventually, police officers escorted Armentrout away before the crowd escalated the situation. One of the women who had been flipping the student off and cursing him followed him to the squad car with her cell phone recording. She continued chastising the young man which obviously bothered the officer, who sharply retorted, “We’re doing what you asked.”

But the harassment continued, further frustrating the officer who told the woman, “You want another day like Saturday, don’t you,” referring to when a car was driven into a group of protesters, killing one of them.

Since that video went viral, Armentrout has been expelled from Pensacola Christian College, a small Baptist college in Florida, as The Daily Caller reported. The ex-student told a local news station, “I have been released from my school and will be unable to return to college to finish my senior year. 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 added. “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.”

As a senior this fall, Armentrout was set to enjoy free tuition and room and board ($9,800) for having stayed enrolled for eight consecutive semesters, but he will no longer get that perk the school offers. Armentrout said he can’t afford to pay to finish his studies.

A college spokesperson wouldn’t confirm they ousted Armentrout over his stunt, citing a privacy clause. However, it was noted that the school said, “Our hearts certainly go out to people suffering [in Charlottesville] and we are thinking about them from afar.”