A liberal arts college in Massachusetts has decided that the school will stop flying all American flags on campus after one was set on fire following Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.
After Trump won the election the flag was lowered to half-staff, which offended veterans and some community members, WWLP reports.
Then the night before Veterans Day, someone decided to set the flag on fire, which prompted even more controversy. It was replaced and flown again at half-staff until Friday’s decision was announced that the college would remove all flags.
Hampshire College President Johnathan Lash told students in an email on Friday that “we will not fly the U.S. flag or any other flags at Hampshire for the time being.”
“Some months ago, the Hampshire College Board of Trustees adopted a policy of periodically flying the flag at half-staff to mourn deaths from violence around the world. Earlier this week, in the current environment of escalating hate-based violence, we made the decision to fly Hampshire’s U.S. flag at half-staff for a time while the community delved deeper into the meaning of the flag and its presence on our campus.”
Lash said the Amherst campus will continue to talk with students and staff about properly utilizing flags in the future.
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