AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – One day after the presidential elections, a group of Hampshire College students lowered the flag to half staff in the center of campus.
“Honestly I think it was more of a tame reaction than what I’ve heard all over the country; there are a lot of people having riots and people getting are shot,” said Patricia Huang, Senior at Amherst College. “I think the flag is an appropriate reaction and it’s not super destructive or anything.”
American flags are typically lowered in times of mourning in the country. The school believes someone, upset over the election, lowered and burned the flag Thursday night. School President Jonathan Lash called the act “disrespectful.”
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“It’s a flag. It’s sacred or important so I don’t think you should fool around with it,” said Simon Lesser of Amherst.
On Veteran’s Day, Hampshire College flew a new flag at full staff in respect for the veterans. The flag was lowered back to half staff Saturday after the school granted a request from some students. The school sent 22News a statement saying they hope this will enable campus-wide dialogue.
The flag will remain at half-staff during the day and be taken down at night. Hampshire College did not allow 22News on campus to cover this story Monday.