Campus flag burnings — not what they used to be?
When Louisiana State University communication studies graduate student Ben Haas tried to burn a U.S. flag this week, the Daily Mail writes:
Many of the angry mob arrived draped in the national flag as they recited the pledge of allegiance and sang the national anthem. They threw water bombs as Haas attempted to address the crowd, with one dressed in military uniform shouting: ‘My brothers died for you.’ Others could be heard screaming: ‘Go to hell, hippie, go to hell.’
He was able to get out the sentence. “It is funny, Facebook said that there were only going to be 64 of you,” before police escorted him away, apparently for his own safety. He was not arrested.
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.