BOSTON (WWLP) – Hampshire College is under intense national scrutiny after the school decided to take down the American flag in the center of campus.
Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) plans to meet with college leadership to get that flag back up. He told 22News, “It is very hurtful to a lot of people to center dissent around the flag and just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”
Rosenberg added that there is not much the state can do because Hampshire College is a private institution.
The school decided to take down the flag after an American flag was burned after the presidential election. Burning the American flag is not against the law. The act is protected under the First Amendment right to free speech.
President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning, writing: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
One western Massachusetts veteran agrees that the federal and state government should take action. “When the very symbol of our country is the flag and they refuse to fly it, I think yes, it needs to be considered and I hope our legislators are listening,” said Eric Seguno of the Massachusetts Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Veterans plan to hold a peaceful demonstration at Hampshire College this Sunday and every Sunday until the American flag is put back up.