(Clyde: the 1st video is the twit video, so you can view)
Baylor University labeled a 9/11 flag display on campus created by the Young Conservatives of Texas at Baylor as “sensitive content” on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“As Baylor students, this is incredibly saddening for us to see. 9/11 is a day that we can forget our political identities and come together to remember those who died and celebrate the triumph of our nation over evil,” a press release from Chapter Chairman Jake Neidert stated.
Even though the student group has set up the display annually for years, this was the first year the university chose to place the trigger warning.
“For several years, the Young Conservatives of Texas at Baylor have carried the tradition of setting up a 9/11 memorial on Baylor’s campus. 2,977 American flags line Fountain Mall every year to honor the victims and first responders who lost their lives during the tragic terror attacks against the United States. The memorial traditionally only includes flags and no signage or messaging. Every year we do our best to ensure that this event is about America not politics,” Neidert added.
The incident first gained traction on Twitter after Baylor YCT posted a video of the sign in the middle of a part of the flag display.
“Honoring those who died and first responders isn’t ‘Sensitive’, it’s ‘American,’” the tweet stated.
The Baylor YCT account continued the thread, explaining their disappointment in the university for using the sign.
“This isn’t about politics. This was not a political event. In our event application, we actually opted to not have a sign attributing the display to us in order to be apolitical. However, Student Activities put the sign out attributing the display to us + the trigger warnings,” the student organization wrote.
Baylor University responded to YCT on Twitter, issuing a statement addressing the incident.
“We fully support the 9/11 display of American flags, regret that the signage we used has taken away from the intent of the display, and apologize for any misunderstanding this may have caused,” the university wrote.
While the university argued that the “moving display” was important enough to be the first official on-campus student event since the semester began, Baylor also defended its decision to place the trigger warning claiming that the flags and “moving symbolism” might “evoke a wide range of emotions.” They also claimed that the sign was part of a new “standard” applied to “outdoor displays” on campus.