(Young America’s Foundation) A student senator at Washington University in St. Louis was caught red-handed stealing flags from a 9/11 memorial display and stuffing them in trash bags on September 11.
YAF was alerted on Saturday that a memorial display had been destroyed by a member of student government at WU. The school is a participant in YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project, in which 2,977 flags are planted in the ground, one for each innocent murdered by radical Islamic terrorists.
Nathaniel Hope, a member of the WU College Republicans, filmed student Fadel Alkilani carrying multiple trash bags stuffed with American flags he had plucked from the ground, as he continued to steal more. He appeared agitated at Hope for filming him destroying the display.
Alkilani had “no remorse,” Hope told YAF.
“He said that it was in violation of school rules,” Hope added. “He was also saying profanity.”
Further research revealed that Alkilani is also the chairman of the student senate finance committee, which is charged with doling out funds to student organizations.
Nick Rodriguez, chair of the conservative group on campus, told YAF the incident shows the school has become “infected” with toxic campus culture. “To see a non-partisan, non-political memorial, disgraced without a swift response from the university says volumes.”
Similarly, YAF reported Saturday on a 9/11 display that was vandalized Friday night at Michigan State University.
A 9/11 memorial flag display was allegedly disturbed by multiple vandals caught on surveillance footage. On September 11, University of Virginia participated in Young America’s Foundation’s 9/11: Never Forget Project, planting 2,977 flags, one for each innocent murdered by radical Islamic terrorists.
UVA is the fourth school to report vandalism to YAF, an unusually large number of these instances.
According to UVA’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, their display was in disarray Saturday evening. Flags were removed from the ground and strewn about, their table was flipped over, and a 9/11: Never Forget Project was thrown on the ground outside of a bar.
The students called campus police who reviewed the surveillance footage. Police saw two vandals flip the table on the camera, according to the chapter members.