Students at Louisiana State University are outraged after school officials gave permission for an American flag to be burned on campus today. The flag will be burned by a graduate communications student in an area of the university known as free speech alley.
The protest is reportedly in response to the arrest of another student who was charged with taking and burning the American flag once posted at the university’s War Memorial. The initial burning came hours after Usama bin Laden’s killing by Navy SEALS.
“He went through all the proper channels, applied for permits and met with LSU police,” said Ernie Ballard, the university’s media relations director. “LSU is definitely not putting their stamp on the event. This is not an event LSU is endorsing, but we are allowing a student to have his constitutional rights on campus.”