The ongoing controversy at Hampshire College

The flag was lowered as a result of the presidential election

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – What happened at Hampshire College?

It all started when students lowered the flag to half staff in response to the presidential election. The following day, the flag was burned.

Since then, the incident has captured national attention. Burning the American flag is not against the law, it’s actually protected in the U.S. Constitution under the first amendment.

Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash told 22News they decided not to replace the flag that had been burned in order to allow for open and honest dialogue and discussion among students.

On Sunday, nearly a thousand veterans held a peaceful demonstration at the entrance of Hampshire College. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno also attended the protest and told 22News he found the college’s decision to remove the flag to be incredibly disrespectful. He plans on meeting with Lash Thursday to discuss possible solutions.

Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) also told 22News he plans to meet with college leadership in efforts to get the flag flying on campus again.

Veterans are planning to hold a demonstration at Hampshire College again this Sunday and every Sunday until the flag is put back up on campus.