Friday, September 16, 2016

Occidental College students vandalize 9/11 memorial



( Picture of American Flags in The Trash)
  link: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/12/health/occidental-college-911-vandalism-trnd/index.html

Summary: This article is about Occidental College looking into the vandalism of a 9/11 memorial on campus after the U.S flags were thrown in the trash. The Republican club from Occidental college planted 2,997 tiny american flags, one for each of the victims from September 11, 2001. Campus police are investing and expect to report any students suspected of committing this crime. News of this event has spread nationally. The students that were initially accused say that the truth of the event has become lost in translation between the media and the stories of the people in the Republican Club. The students that remained anonymous excused there behavior by saying, that they removed the flags in order to, "demonstrate a more holistic approach." The students left fliers on the quad that read, "R.I.P. the 2,996 Americans who died in 9/11. R.I.P. the 1,455,590 innocent Iraqis who died during the U.S. invasion for something they didn't do." 

Connection: This event directly connects to the 9/11 terrorist attack, when Osama bin laden planned an attack on the US. Terrorist high jacked four planes, successfully crashing them into the pentagon, a field and two into the twin towers. This tragic event, is honored nation wide through many different memorials, in order to recognize the many people's lives that were lost on this sad day.

Questions: How would you feel if one of your family members pasted away and someone trashed a memorial in honor of them? 
What consequence should the school put in place in order to punish the students responsible? 
Do you believe that the students that trashed the school were wrong?






22 comments:

  1. I would feel very hurt if someone trashed a memorial in honor of one of my family members. I think that the students were wrong for doing that and that they should be punished. I think that the students should be fined. Even though what they did was extremely disrespectful, there is freedom of speech in america and they should be allowed to think what they want.

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  4. I would probably get really upset if one of the my family members who suddenly died in one of the biggest and bizarre tragedies in the united states suddenly got their memorial defaced by some random guy. Although, putting my emotions aside the worst this person will get is a week of suspension from school To be honest I get where this person is getting at, unlike 9/11 the tragedy that happened in Iraq after 9/11 was completely over shadowed. However, That doesn't justify defacing another tragedy, The tragedy that happened in both 9/11 and Iraz are both equally horrifying and one shouldn't be compared to the other. I agree that what happened in Iraq should have a lot more attention than what it is getting but, what the students did in this article is not the way to do it

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  5. I would be extremely upset and offended if someone vandalized a memorial that honored someone close to me. Even though the students claim they wanted a more "holistic" approach to recognizing these tradgedies, this does not justify destroying a memorial of innocent people who died. If anything, it brings more negative attention to both these events.

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  6. I would be exceedingly upset if any one of my family members were involved with the tragic 9/11 terrorist attack and the fact that anyone would have the audacity to trash or destruct any memorial pertaining to 9/11 or anything in general. I believe that the school should have some kind of suspension for the students involved with trashing the memorial because even so that the event was very impactful to the world, every person has a right to express their own beliefs/opinions. In my mind, I believe it is wrong but people don't have the same mindset as I do. In all, I think that they were wrong for their imprudent actions but they do still have a right to do or act a certain way depending on how they feel.

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  7. I would feel very emotional and very hurt if anyone had done this to one of my family members graves, but the fact that they did it the 9/11 memorial on campus hurts just as much. The school board in my opinion can't do much because these kids probably wanted to do the right thing as it states in the article, but overall if no evidence is found to prove them right, they should have the students expelled for vandalism.

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  8. I would feel very emotional and very hurt if anyone had done this to one of my family members graves, but the fact that they did it the 9/11 memorial on campus hurts just as much. The school board in my opinion can't do much because these kids probably wanted to do the right thing as it states in the article, but overall if no evidence is found to prove them right, they should have the students expelled for vandalism.

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  9. I would feel hurt and be extremely mad at the same time. I believe that they were wrong for this but who can prove that it was multiple people involved? There are so much people that respect the 9/11 event that the person behind this could have been an individual trying to state their mind. What they did is still disrespectful. I also agree with Ian and Anna that there should be some sort of suspension for the students responsible for this.

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    1. I also agree with you that this could have been a one person job, but it is more likely that there is more than one person who feels this way towards the 9/11 event.

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    2. I also agree with you that this could have been a one person job, but it is more likely that there is more than one person who feels this way towards the 9/11 event.

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  10. I would feel morose because someone disrespected the life of someone I knew closely. I don't think any consequence would make the the students who are responsible for such actions would teach them their lesson, for they seem to be ignorant beings that do not know respect. I believe that what they did was wrong; however, like Anna said, they have the right to do as they please.

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  11. I can't even begin to imagine how I'd feel if one of my family members past away and someone trashed their memorial. I'd be completely shocked and confused as to how someone is so heartless. I believe that the students who ruined the memorial should be suspended at the least with no mercy whatsoever. Although the students were right about the attack in Iraq being overshadowed, there could have been a plenty of more different ways to raise awareness and voice their thoughts. However, what they did was extremely wrong and destroying a memorial is always going to be wrong despite how you feel. The memorial was to honor innocent people who deserve respect and if the students who vandalized felt strongly that the innocent people in Iraq should be honor, they could have created a separate memorial.

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  12. This is a very messed up thing to do. They shouldn't be doing this because it's a memorial to remember those who died, and it's just disrespectful that someone came to ruin it. Its disrespectful to all the families who lost someone in the terrorist attacks. They should get jail time for doing this, because they are technically vandalizing someones property, which is illegal.

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  13. I would feel upset if one of my family members passed away and someone trashed a memorial in honor of them. This is a very disrespectful act and the consequence should be expulsion from the school because the act of these students trashing the school was wrong.

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  15. I think the action of vandalizing a memorial that recognizes an important historical event in U.S. history deserves punishment; however, I think the students should not get a serious punishment, such as expulsion from school, because their motives are slightly justified. They should get a punishment, in any case, just because they performed an illegal activity and disrespected the country's memorial day.

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  16. I do believe that the students who trashed the school were wrong. I feel as if they were not fully aware of the importance of our U.S. history. Also I feel that they weren't fully aware of the whole situation.

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  17. I do believe that the students who trashed the school were wrong. I feel as if they were not fully aware of the importance of our U.S. history. Also I feel that they weren't fully aware of the whole situation.

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  18. I agree with Elijah. Trashing a memorial with many people mourning the deaths of their loved ones is completely wrong. Innocent people were killed in the 9/11 attacking and loved ones have never gotten over the greaving process, and this action that the students decided they should make, has probably made the people mad, as well as even more sad for disrespecting the lives taken away.

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  19. Everyone knows that trashing a MEMORIAL with families mourning the death of their loved ones is disrespectful. I believe even if the administrators reprimanded the students, the people who are mourning will have a hard time to forgive them. Disgusting turn of events.

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  20. Everyone knows that trashing a MEMORIAL with families mourning the death of their loved ones is disrespectful. I believe even if the administrators reprimanded the students, the people who are mourning will have a hard time to forgive them. Disgusting turn of events.

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