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Students Trash American Flags at 9/11 Memorial on Campus

09-14-2016
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Cabot Phillips, with Campus Reform, talks more about the desecration of 9/11 memorials on college campuses.

Student protestors at Occidental College threw away 2,997 American flags that were part of a memorial honoring the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks on Saturday, according to the conservative watchdog group Campus Reform.

"At midnight early this morning, vandals crushed, snapped, and threw in the garbage every single flag," the Occidental College Republican Club posted on its Facebook page. "Not one was left in the ground. Not only did they destroy the memorial, they put posters and flyers up that shamed the victims of 9/11."

Other students helped club members retrieve the flags from the garbage and put them back in place. Hours later, more vandals came and pulled up about 50 flags.

The memorial was part of the 9/11 Never Forget Project sponsored by the Young America's Foundation on more than 200 college campuses. It was approved by the college.

"We don't yet know who is responsible for this incident, but the college is investigating and will take appropriate disciplinary action," administration officials said in a statement after the incident.

"The right and freedom to debate complex, contentious issues and disagree with each other is fundamental to what we do at Oxy...at the same time, we may not express ourselves in ways that prevent others from engaging in protected speech," they said.

Occidental is not the only campus where YAF's 9/11 memorials were vandalized. At the University of Florida, posters depicting the victims of Islamic terrorism were torn down, and at Saddleback College a professor was caught on camera tearing down the posters.

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