High school debate teams to boycott tourney at Liberty U.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some northern Virginia high school debate teams plan to boycott state championships at Liberty University after remarks the college's president made about Muslims.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1Myt3Xc ) that students and coaches have been lobbying the group that oversees academic competitions to move next week's tournament from the evangelical university in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Students from at least five Northern Virginia high schools have now decided to boycott the championship.

The lobbying came after Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. said at the university's convocation in December that students should arm themselves to "end those Muslims." Falwell later said he was referring to Islamic terrorists, not all Muslims.

Officials with the Virginia High School League said a commitment to the university means this year's championship cannot be moved.

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