Son unwilling to risk his education by attending LSU; it’s ‘heartbreaking’ but understandable _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Memorial Tower, or the Campanile, photographed, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.

I want to send a shout-out to Bobby Jindal and the politicians in Louisiana. You recently lost a student who has been raised from birth to love all things LSU. He would have been a third-generation Tiger.

His room is full of purple and gold; he is a walking encyclopedia of LSU football. He also is a very good student in Woodstock, Georgia, and he has received offers from several schools, including our beloved LSU. He has chosen to accept to attend a different school because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of this proud university.

I am heartbroken as an alumni member and lifelong LSU fan that this is the decision my child had to make. But as he put it, he cannot bank his educational future on football. He can still love LSU but is not willing to risk his education. We would be out-of-state parents. Even with a generous scholarship, we would be bearing a huge part of the mess you created. And for what return?

I love LSU, but I have one son with one shot at an undergraduate degree, and I am not willing to send him on to what is being called a sinking ship with an increasing cost each year. By the way, here in Fulton County in Georgia, both the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech are turning away students who are making 34s on their ACTs. I am begging you to fix this problem.

I will never turn my back on my alma mater. But I am heartbroken that I can’t send my child to LSU.

Erin Molter

teacher

Woodstock, Georgia