The University of Illinois shocked college Republicans by ruling to ban students from using the American Flags to memorialize the September 11th attacks. The ruling came down Tuesday as the college notified the group that they would not be approving the student request to line the quad’s walkways with 2,977 flags to honor each of the 9/11 victims.
In a post on Facebook, the group Illini Republicans asked followers to call the University of Illinois’ Chancellor and demand the college allow the memorial display.
So what was the University’s issue with the display? Was it offensive? No, they were concerned that it would damage the grass and the “irrigation system.” No joke…
As result, students responded with outrage demanding the display be allowed. They launched a petition on Change.org and bombarded the University with phone calls until they finally caved.
The alternatives? “Using cups with sand and sticking the flags in them or foam with the same idea as well as cardboard or any other foundation or acceptable alternative that did not involve placing items in the ground,” the letter added.
You can probably guess what happened next: A petition. Hundreds of phone calls to the chancellor’s office, Truth Revolt said. A good ol’ fashioned outcry.
Finally on Wednesday the university changed course, saying it would allow the flags to be planted around the perimeter of the quad — yes, in the ground.
The result was beautiful: