ATLANTA: Bishop Eddie Long's School To Close After Gay Affairs Scandal
He paid settlements to four young men, his wife filed for divorce, and now Bishop Eddie Long's New Birth Academy has abruptly announced that it will close before the end of the school year.
The letter sent to the parents of students cited decreased donations and enrollment, as well as a bad economy, as the reason for the closing. It also said that school officials would help parents find other schools to enroll their children for the duration of the 2011-2012 school year. Although the school denies any connection between the decision to close and the many recent scandals connected to Eddie Long, some parents are skeptical. “I don’t believe that. I believe that this last straw with the divorce, the sealed settlement, it just does not look good,” said one parent to WSB TV Channel 2.Long will have to console himself with his Bentley, his private jet, his sprawling mansion, and the many millions that he extorted from his former fans.