Mass. college: American flag burned over Trump victory

Mass. college: American flag burned over Trump victory
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Discontent with the election of Donald J. Trump to the White House continued in the Pioneer Valley overnight Thursday, with the burning of an American flag flying at Hampshire College.

According to a message sent to the Hampshire College community from college secretary Beth Ward, officials arriving at the campus Friday morning discovered the flag was burned overnight. As a result, Ward wrote, “veterans and others in our community will come to campus to find the flagpole empty.” …

Wednesday night, members of the college community “who felt deep anger and fear in response to the election results” lowered the flag to half-staff, she wrote in the message.

College officials allowed the flag to remain at half-staff on Thursday “out of respect for the anguish that they were feeling, even while recognizing that for others in our community the flag connotes very different meanings,” Ward wrote. …

On Wednesday, some students burned parts of the flag and cut pieces of it, said Ethan Donahue, who was working at the Coles Science Center that night. They were both surprised that it had actually been burned.

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