A student from Washington University was caught on camera throwing away thousands of American flags meant to commemorate those lost in the 9/11 attacks.
Nathaniel Hope, a member of the university’s College Republicans, filmed Fadel Alkilani carrying trash bags filled with American flags he had removed from the ground as he continued to steal more. Hope said the student had “no remorse.”
“He said that it was in violation of school rules,” Hope said. “He was also saying profanity.”
Alkilani, vice president of finance of the university’s Student Union, defended his actions.
“Any memorial of 9/11 that 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 American Invasion,” he said in a statement.