Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Irvine Flag Story Seems Endless: Interest in it doesn't flag
UC Irvine officials Wednesday rejected the campus’ black student union‘s demands that the university’s police force be disbanded due to allegations of abuse of power. The organization accused two educators* of “interrogating” a black student and buttonholing them into making a “public apology” or else “they would not receive protection against the multitude of death threats and vulgar insults they were receiving day and night from students on UCI’s campus and the citizens of Orange County.” The organization claimed one student “received multiple emails and phone calls in which people threatened to lynch and rape her.” The group alleged that university officials made her contact information public. The organization argues that the threats came after the student joined five classmates in voting to pass a resolution banning the displays of flags from any nation in a student government room.