Brown University says students vandalized US flags

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University’s president says she believes students were responsible for vandalizing American flags set up on campus for a Veterans Day ceremony last week.

Christina Paxson said in a statement Wednesday that the vandalism was appalling and not in line with the Ivy League school’s values.

The school had planted the flags along the College Green’s walkways. Paxson says a large number of flags were removed and left lying on the ground. Some were torn from their stakes or had their stakes broken.

She says an investigation indicates that a small number of Brown students were involved. They could face sanctions for violating the university’s code of conduct. The school’s policy is to keep disciplinary matters confidential.

Paxson says she’s proud of other students who replanted and guarded the flags.

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