Ever since Donald Trump was named the United States President-elect on Election Day, students at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts have responded with acts of protest.
According to Campus Reform, Hampshire College began flying their flags at half-staff in mourning of Trump’s presidential win. However, students took it a step further by lowering and burning the flag the night before Veterans Day.
The President of Hampshire College, Jonathan Lash responded by removing flags from the campus, and not flying any flags at all following the commemoration of Veterans Day.
However, a few people weren’t too happy to hear the news of the American flag’s removal from the school--at least 1,000 veterans to be exact.
The massive group of veterans gathered in Amherst on the afternoon of November 27th to protest the college’s actions.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno stood in solidarity with the veterans and mentioned, “For the students here and the president and board of trustees have risen from what the veterans sacrificed, this flag and not to fly the flag on this campus if you were in some other countries around the world it would be handled very, very differently.”
Overall, the protest remained peaceful with the exception of one incident where a man sat in the middle of a group photo and made obscene gestures.