Mass. college bans all flags from campus after US flag was burned

(NBC) -- The president of a Massachusetts college has banned all flags from its campus after someone set fire to an American flag.

Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash announced Wednesday that no flags will be flown on campus until further notice. This comes after someone set fire to an American flag that was flying low on a flagpole the night before Veterans Day.

Many believe the person was upset because of the results of the Presidential Election.

Lash says this ban will allow students and staff to have an open campus discussion.

"It's a Constitutional right to have a freedom of speech, and some people choose to express their First Amendment rights through the burning of a flag, then that's their own decision," said Amherst resident Morgan Phillips.

"Desecration," said Hadley resident Randall Lawrence. "That's against people you know. You burn your flag. You're Americans, and you do that? That's -- that's not right."

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