Student who vandalized 9/11 display reportedly gets $500 fine, probation
A Washington University in St. Louis student who destroyed conservative classmates’ 9/11 flag display will face a $500 fine and disciplinary probation.
The school’s College Republicans chapter is seeking to remove him from student government.
A student who destroyed a 9/11 commemorative flag display will face a $500 fine and disciplinary probation.
As Campus Reform reported last month, members of Young America’s Foundation at Washington University in St. Louis placed 2,977 American flags on campus to honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks. However, a student senator named Fadel Alkilani was filmed collecting the flags in garbage bags.
A report from WashU dean of students Sheryl Mauricio confirmed that Alkilani was untruthful in telling a campus police officer that he was a member of WashU College Republicans; he allegedly shared that the group ordered new flags to replace the ones he was collecting.
On Oct. 20, YAF — which immediately pressured the university to denounce the vandalism — reported that Alkilani received multiple sanctions from administrators. Among other violations, Alkilani was charged with knowingly furnishing false information to the university, theft, and interfering with the rights of other members of the university community to “engage in educational, recreational, residential, administrative, professional, business, and ceremonial activities.”
In addition to a $500 restitution for the damaged flags, Alkilani will be placed on probation for the remainder of his enrollment. If he commits further violations, he could be suspended or expelled.
“It was great to see the school take real disciplinary action, but considering the significance of Fadel’s actions I had hoped to see more,” WashU College Republicans chairman Nick Rodriguez told YAF. “This case was a unique one, and understanding the lack of precedence, it would have been great to see the school clearly state they would not stand for this behavior. College Republicans plan to pursue his impeachment from the Student Union.”
Campus Reform reached out to Washington University in St. Louis and YAF for comment; this article will be updated accordingly.