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Occidental Finds Students Who Destroyed Memorial

November 14, 2016
 

Occidental College has announced that it has identified and taken action against students who vandalized a Sept. 11 memorial set up by the campus Republican club. The students planted 2,997 small American flags to honor those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks -- and others removed the flags and trashed many of them (right).

"Students believed to have been involved in the incident were identified, and the college has taken appropriate action in accordance with the college’s Code of Student Conduct. Federal and state privacy laws prevent the college from disclosing details about the investigation, the findings or the sanctions," said a statement from the college. "The destruction of a memorial is not a form of protected speech. Debate and disagreement at Occidental should be inclusive, not polarizing."

 
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