'Appalling act of hate': CWU student arrested after stealing Pride flag, recorded lighting it on fire

'Appalling act of hate': CWU student arrested after stealing Pride flag, recorded lighting it on fire

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - A CWU student stole a Pride flag from the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC), and lit it on fire while filming for social media, university officials confirmed Thursday. According to university officials, that student has been arrested and will go through the student conduct process. "This is an appalling act of hate against the LGBTQ+ community," CWU's President Jim Wohlpart, who started his tenure on June 7, said. A petition surfacing on social media is calling for the students' consequences. As of Thursday afternoon, the petition has more than a thousand signatures. In that petition, the organizer said the student's name has been redacted because "it's not petty drama" but "a criminal case and throwing around names to stir up drama isn't necessary." University officials said a new Pride flag will be put up Thursday afternoon. In addition, there are both events, and counseling being offered for people impacted. "We are greatly disturbed that our CWU LGBTQ+ community had to endure this violation of their identity; this act diminished all of us," Wolhpart said. "This is …
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