Birmingham-Southern College has long prided itself on the actions of students who have gone all over the world—and as far away as Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta—to perform good deeds as part of the college’s social-service emphasis.
Now the United Methodist–related school in Alabama is dealing with the aftermath of an episode in which students have been accused of burning churches. “I can’t imagine that there won’t be a discussion of its implications, and self-reflection,” said college president David Pollick.
Federal agents ended an exhaustive investigation into arsons at nine Baptist churches in Alabama by arresting two Birmingham-Southern students and a University of Alabama–Birmingham student who had transferred from BSC.
Ben Moseley, 19, and Russell DeBusk, 19, were arrested at BSC early on March 8. UAB student Matthew Cloyd, 20, was arrested at his apartment later that day.