Mayor Sarno, Hampshire College president discussed the campus flag controversy

Mayor Sarno spoke with Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash Friday morning.

File photo of Hampshire College located in Amherst, Mass.

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno spoke to Hampshire College’s president after the flag was raised Friday morning. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has been vocal about Hamsphire College’s decision to lower the flag.

On Sunday, he stood in solidarity with veterans outside of Hampshire College as they protested the college’s decision. He told 22News he got involved because his relatives fought for this nations freedom and he believed he needed to help be a voice to veterans.

Continuing Coverage: Hampshire College Flag Controversy

Sarno had a phone conversation with Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash. He told 22News that Lash made the right decision by raising the flag once again and he hopes this will be a teachable moment.

“There’s a learning and teaching experience and both sides continue to get together so this doesn’t happen again,” He told 22News. “It shouldn’t happen it all, period. But it was for all the wrong reasons.”

Mayor Sarno said since he has been vocal about the colleges decision, he has received a lot of support from people throughout western Massachusetts. Mayor Sarno said that he hopes the American flag will be left up while discussions continue.