AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The flagpole at the center of the Hampshire College campus remains empty, following the recent decision to at least temporarily cease the flying of any flags on campus.
The decision came following Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election earlier this month, when some students lowered the American flag to half-staff. Less than two days later, the flag was burned.
Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash announced that no flags will fly as they engage students in a dialogue about what the American flag means to them. It will then be decided whether the flag will return to the pole, or not.
Many local residents, including veterans, have expressed displeasure with the school’s decision not to fly the flag.
Hampshire College Flag News:
- No flags to be flown at Hampshire College
- College stops flying all flags as 1 is burned after election
- American flag flying at half-staff at Hampshire College days after one was burned
- Rep. John Velis says flag burners should “pack up their bags and leave”
- Veterans react to burning of flag at Hampshire College
- Hampshire College student protesters burn American flag
- U.S. flag burned at Hampshire College, 2 days after being lowered