In a video posted by Young Americans for Freedom, the student can be seen gathering small American flags into bags and attempting to carry them away. A total of 2,977 flags were placed on the lawn representing each murdered 9/11 victim.
Late Saturday, Washington University officials condemned the removal of the flags but declined to say whether the student would be disciplined, according to Student Life, the university’s student newspaper. The paper identified the student as Fadel Alkilani, vice president of finance for the student union.
The student paper later received a statement from Julie Flory, the university’s vice chancellor for marketing and communications.
“We were disappointed to learn about the disruption to the 9/11 display on Mudd Field,” the statement read. “We condemn the interference with the expression of support by the College Republicans for the victims of the national tragedy that took place 20 years ago today.”
Nathaniel Hope, a member of the WU College Republicans, filmed the video and claimed Alkilani