A Missouri university spoke out publicly against a student that vandalized a memorial that commemorated the September 11 attacks and paid homage to those that lost their lives.
Washington University, located in St Louis, issued a statement about the incident that desecrated the memorial which was set up by the College Republicans chapter.
The university said, "We were disappointed to learn about the disruption to the 9/11 display on Mudd Field. 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."
In a video that has been uploaded to social media, Fadel Alkinali, who serves as Chairman of the Student Senate Finance Committee for the school government, can be seen picking up bags that were filled with the flags before he was confronted.
Alkinali told the campus newspaper that he was "critiquing" islamophobia and military interventions that stemmed from the 9/11 attacks.
"Any memorial of 9/11 does not contend with these facts. Is not only incomplete, but it also amplifies pro-imperialist sentiment and actively disrespects those who have died because of the American invasion," Alkinali told the newspaper.
The university said that Alkinali's actions did not represent the university or any other group and that they "value freedom of expression in all forms," adding that they would ensure students use "appropriate channels" to express themselves.
At this time Alkinali has not faced any disciplinary charges for his actions.