Vandals Trash 9/11 Memorial at Occidental College

By City News Service

An investigation was underway Monday into the removal of nearly 3,000 small American flags that had been set up as a 9/11 memorial at Occidental College for the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The 2,997 flags were put in place in the quad area Saturday night by members of the Occidental College Republican Club, a student organization, as a 9/11 memorial, with each flag representing a victim of the terror attacks, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

By Sunday morning, the anniversary day of the attacks, the club reported that the memorial had been trashed.

On their Facebook page, the Occidental College Republican Club said that vandals had “crushed, snapped, and threw in the garbage every single flag. Not one was left on the ground.”

The group also said posters and flyers that “shamed the victims of 9/11” were posted on campus.

President Obama attended Occidental from 1979 to 1981. However, he finished his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York.

In response to the 9/11 memorial incident, Occidental College issued a statement saying administrators don’t know yet who is responsible for the memorial destruction, but those responsible will be found and the school “will take disciplinary action.”

The college asks that anyone with information about the incident contact officials at conduct@oxy.edu.

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