Atlanta area parents are shocked and left scrambling to find a school for their children since they found out New Birth Christian Academy will not open its doors again after Christmas break.

The Eddie Long church institution is feeling the brunt of a plague of bad press and diminishing church membership. Not enough students remain enrolled in the program, thus forcing the school to be shut down.

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One parent spoke to Channel 2, explaining that the closing is a slap in the face.

“It’s almost like they purposely waited for the holiday before they sent out this letter.  I mean, a letter (that says) my daughter basically does not have a school to go to on Jan. 4,” said the parent.

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The letter, although not specifying exactly the cause, is blaming a slowed economy and says the school’s enrollment has been dwindling every year. But the letter also disclosed that the shut down is temporary.

A spokesperson denies that the sex abuse scandal or divorce had anything to do with the decision made.

“I don’t believe that.  I believe that this last straw with the divorce, the sealed settlement, it just does not look good,” said another parent.