By BARRY LANK
EAGLE ROCK — Students who were allegedly involved in the destruction of 9/11 memorial flags at Occidental College last September have been disciplined, and the investigation of the incident has been concluded, according to a statement from the college.
The suspects were not identified and the punishment was not specified.
“The College has taken appropriate action in accordance with the College’s Code of Student Conduct,” the statement said. “Federal and state privacy laws prevent the College from disclosing details about the investigation, the findings or the sanctions.”
The Occidental College Republican Club placed 2,997 small flags in the Occidental Quad on September 10. in memory of the persons who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks. Early in the morning of September 11, according to the university, flags were discovered to have been pulled up and thrown in the trash. The the club’s Facebook page said flags were also crushed and snapped — and a few more were snapped in front of the club members.
Students worked to restore the display. But the club said hundreds of flags were later kicked and smashed, and 50 or so ended up back in the garbage.
The L.A. Times said the vandalism sparked a heated debate on campus over the use of the U.S. flag in a memorial.
The university’s code of conduct says damage to others’ property is subject to action, but the code does not attach a specific punishment to the violation.
The university said that, in response to the incident, it is planning a series of events about free speech and 9/11.
Barry Lank grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, then went away for a seriously long time. He has worked in TV and radio, and currently helps produce The Final Edition Radio Hour.
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