Trinity College removed American flags from student window, but let Pride flags remain for days later

Trinity College in Connecticut forcibly removed two variants of the American flag from a dorm window last week, although it allowed other flags, such as the Pride flag, to remain for days after the ‘incident.

Roommates Finn McCole and Lucas Turco spoke to Fox News Digital about the incident, which was caught on video and first reported by TikTok’s Libs. McCole said the flags were hoisted on Wednesday evening and the next day the college administration came to remove the flags.

On Thursday, several university employees showed up outside their dorm to remove the two flags, one of which was the American flag with the Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” graphic superimposed and the other was a “Thin Line” flag – a black and white American flag with blue, green and red stripes, representing police, military and federal officers and firefighters respectively.

The two students asked a woman in the video why she was removing the flags and repeatedly told her not to touch their property. “Excuse me, why are you touching our property?” Turco asked the woman.

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Lucas Turco, a student at Trinity College, stands in front of his flags which were pulled down by school officials.
(Photo credit: Finn McCole)

The woman responded by repeatedly telling the students that they had been asked to remove the flags. McCole and Turco questioned why their flags were being targeted when other students had flags hanging from their window.

“No prior request was made to us to remove the flags,” McCole told Fox News Digital. “The two women from administration showed up at our dorm and said we had an official order from the dean to remove them immediately.”

“When we asked to speak to the dean, they responded by calling campus facilities to bring a ladder to our dorm. The woman then tore up the flags, as seen in the video,” McCole said.

McCole and Turco both said that despite what the university official said in the video, they never received a notification to remove the flags.

“This event was our only explicit warning. There are no emails asking us to remove the flags,” McCole said.

Flinn McCole, a student at Trinity College, speaks with school officials who moments later took down his flags.

Flinn McCole, a student at Trinity College, speaks with school officials who moments later took down his flags.
(Photo credit: Lucas Turco)

While a university employee in the video said other students would be asked to remove their flags, McCole and Turco told Fox News Digital that the university waited a few days before sending an email. campus-wide email highlighting their no-objects policy outside of students. ‘ the Windows. The email was sent on Monday and told students that “regardless of the contents, all items hanging or displayed outside your windows should be removed and placed in your room immediately.”

Fox News Digital asked Trinity College why McCole and Turco’s flags were forcibly removed on Thursday, but the email to the rest of the student body was not sent until Monday. They did not answer that specific question, but instead pointed to their university’s policy and said the incident showed there needed to be “more consistent enforcement” of the rules.

“Trinity College student manual states that objects are not permitted to be placed outside the windows of the Residence for security reasons. According to student manual: “No object of any type (including liquid) may be thrown, dropped, pushed out of, placed outside, or allowed to fall from a window of a residential building. Students held responsible such actions will be subject to residential censorship,” a spokesperson wrote in an email to Fox News Digital. “This event highlighted the need for more consistent application of the rules of the handbook, and the college is working with the student body to create awareness and compliance. The Dean of Student Life is addressing the issue with the entire student body to ensure compliance with the manual, and reiterated the rule to the student body in a communication this week.The Dean’s office will work directly with students for more consistent application.

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A Trinity College school official physically removed two students’ American flags from outside their dormitory while allowing other flags, such as LGBT and trans flags, to remain in place.
(Photo credit: Finn McCole)

Prior to the incident, other students had other flags hanging from their windows. The students sent Fox News Digital several photos showing the Pride Flag and the Transgender Pride Flag hanging outside the windows.

McCole and Turco said they spoke to the dean of student life, Dr. Jody Goodman, and the assistant dean and student standards coordinator, John Selders, on Friday. The students said in the phone call that the university apologized and acknowledged that the situation had been mishandled. When the students asked the dean why their flags were being targeted, the dean allegedly told them it was because the campus was getting complaints that the flags were offensive.

“The deans said that our flags were taken down because some students were offended by it. In my opinion, anyone can be offended by anything and so it’s completely subjective, so it doesn’t constitute a valid reason to withdraw our flags,” Turco said. “Yes, other flags such as trans flags and LGBTQ flags have remained hanging and have never been forcibly removed by the school. Which Finn and I have no problem with, we think everyone world should be allowed to fly its flags.”

“I can’t explain why the school targeted our flags, but I think the video speaks for itself,” he added.

A Trinity College school official physically removed two students' American flags from outside their dormitory while allowing other flags, such as LGBT and trans flags, to remain in place.

A Trinity College school official physically removed two students’ American flags from outside their dormitory while allowing other flags, such as LGBT and trans flags, to remain in place.
(Photo credit: Finn McCole)

When asked about the reaction on campus, McCole and Turco said they received messages of encouragement, but also hostile responses on social media, mostly from anonymous accounts.

“Across campus, many students praised us for our bravery and support the message we are fighting for. The only real backlash we received came from the anonymous social media app Yik Yak,” Turco said. “I guess some students feel more comfortable talking anonymously behind a screen.”

A Trinity College school official physically removed two students' American flags from outside their dormitory while allowing other flags, such as LGBT and trans flags, to remain in place.

A Trinity College school official physically removed two students’ American flags from outside their dormitory while allowing other flags, such as LGBT and trans flags, to remain in place.
(Photo credit: Finn McCole)

“Does straight rich white man Finn McCole really think he’s oppressed???” wrote a YikYak user. “Nope [because] wtf why does he compare his minor inconvenience with the suppression of the LGBT community [shaking my head].”

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On Instagram, one of their classmates called the flags “a disgusting display of white nationalist ideals.”

“[Y]our flags are not patriotism, they are a symbol of fascism and systemic racism. symbols of hatred and violence. grow the [f*ck] and try to learn something about the real history of this country and the damage caused by these institutions,” the student commented.

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