Southern Methodist U. Reinstates 9/11 Memorial after ‘Triggering’ Flap

Breitbart | 8/11/2017 | Staff
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Southern Methodist University (SMU) announced late Wednesday it reinstated the 9/11 flag memorial to its prominent place on campus, reversing a decision to relocate lawn displays.

Recently, officials wanted to move the annual 9/11 tribute to avoid “triggering” others.

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“The 9/11 display will be on the north portion of the lawn for one day,” said senior Grant Wolf, SMU Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chairman. He told Breitbart Texas SMU reached an agreement with student groups that will allow displays to continue on the lawn at historic Dallas Hall.

In a press release, the university stated one-day displays will remain on the northern section of the Dallas Hall lawn and those lasting up to three days will be situated on the hall’s southern lawn to ensure one area remains open for other uses at all times.

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“I thank the students from across campus who came together in the spirit of mutual respect and civil discourse to achieve this outcome,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

SMU officials also indicated they intend to review and amend the lawn display policy and procedures, working alongside student government and campus organizations.

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“Throughout these discussions, students have expressed their commitment to freedom of expression – a value the University shares,” added Turner.

Last week, Breitbart Texas reported that student groups rallied to support “free speech” after YAF learned the university instituted a new lawn display policy that barred them and others from using the Dallas Hall lawn, the site of the group’s yearly 9/11 Never Forget Project since 2015.

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While the university approved the upcoming 9/11 memorial, administrators told YAF in a July 24 email they relocated the commemorative display consisting of nearly 3,000 American flags to Morrison-McGinnis “MoMac” Park, a larger yet less prestigious area near the dormitories, to avoid “triggering”...
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