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Alvernia student forced to take down American flag on 9/11 anniversary

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A student at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania was forced to take his flag down when he and his roommates hung it from the window of their on-campus townhouse to honor the victims of 9/11.

Zach Zechman, a senior at Alvernia, was asked to remove his American flag from his window a couple of hours after hanging it there.

In an interview with NBC10, Zechman said, “I'm a firefighter, so in honor of the 343 firefighters that were killed on 9/11, I, along with my roommates, draped a flag from our second floor windows.”

Zechman went on to say that soon after he hung the flag, two resident assistants came to his room and told him that he had to take it down immediately.

Zechman said the resident assistants brought a printed copy of the section of the student handbook that prohibits objects hanging from windows.

In an email to NBC10, Carey Manzolillo, Associate Director of Communications for the University said, “American flags are welcome and flying throughout Alvernia’s campus at half-staff in honor of the day.” He also said, “Our student policy does, however, state that sheets, banners or other such objects may not be hung outside of windows or on the exterior portion of any residence hall.”

Manzolillo pointed out that the information he provided could be found on page 61 of the Alvernia Student Handbook.

According to Zechman, he took the flag down after being told to do so. He is currently trying to set up a meeting with the Dean of Students, to see if the rule can be changed for certain days.

“I want it to be different for a day like today, where something like that means something,” Zechman said. 

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