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Could this year get any worse for Bishop Eddie Long?

SCHOOL CLOSURE: Bishop Eddie Long

A SCHOOL founded by Bishop Eddie Long is facing closure after running into financial problems, it has been reported.

Parents of pupils at the New Birth Christian Academy in Atlanta received letters on Christmas Eve telling them the school would close on January 4, say reports.

The academy, located in Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has suffered a decline in enrolment following a sexual abuse lawsuit made against the pastor by five men at his church.

The news also comes after Long, whose wife of 21 years filed for divorce earlier this month, annouced that he would take a break from ministry.

A parent, who wanted to remain anonymous, told WSB-TV: “I believe that this last straw with the divorce, the sealed settlement, it just does not look good. I really believe that people continued to take their children out as each allegation unfolded month after month.”

“Just like the parishioners have suffered, the children are now suffering,” she added.

Officials from the school, which opened its doors in 1993, have reportedly said they “will do everything" in their power to reopen the school in the near future.

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