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Vandals at Occidental College in
California destroyed a September 11th memorial that was sponsored by
the Occidental College Republicans. College Republicans planted 2,997 small
American flags – one for each casualty of the terrorist attacks – in the ground
on Saturday night. Just after midnight, “not one was left in the ground,”
according to one of the students who set up the memorial. Vandals had thrown
the flags in nearby trash cans. They posted flyers around campus that shamed
the victims of September 11th.
The College Republicans were not
deterred. On Sunday morning, student volunteers – even some not associated with
the club – re-planted as many flags as they could. Some of the student
volunteers stood near the memorial throughout the morning. Four vandals came
back, picked up handfuls of the flags, walked up to the volunteers, and snapped
the flags in front of their faces.
third round of vandalism was discovered on Monday morning, with more flags
is tremendously disrespectful not only to the memory of the 9/11 victims, but
also to the Occidental College Republicans who took the time and effort to
remember the victims in this way.
To Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch:
The repeated destruction of the September 11th memorial on the Occidental campus requires swift and severe discipline. Your statement that “the college is investigating and will take disciplinary action” is not enough.
As an institution of higher learning, Occidental College should be unequivocally standing in support of free speech.
Because this vandalism was specifically designed to intimidate a group of people, it should be investigated as a hate crime.
We ask that you require the guilty students to publicly apologize to the Occidental College Republicans and, more importantly, to the families and friends of 9/11 victims whose memory they so rudely disrespected.
If any of the vandals are receiving scholarships from the college, we ask that you rescind those scholarships immediately and direct the money to students who understand and appreciate free speech.