Tensions rise at Wright State University flag rally, ends peacefully

Demonstrators stand on American Flag during Flag Rally at Wright State. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
Demonstrators stand on American Flag during Flag Rally at Wright State. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Tensions rose at a flag rally at Wright State University Students Tuesday afternoon.

Wright State University flag rally. (WDTN Photo/Tyler Utzka)
Wright State University flag rally. (WDTN Photo/Tyler Utzka)

The rally was planned after a man stood on the American Flag in protest last week.

In fact, 2 NEWS captured a photo Tuesday that shows several people standing on the American Flag at the rally.  We’re told a veteran became upset and yelled at them, but another man quickly calmed the situation down.

Some of the protesters are from the group Black Lives Matter.  We understand that the people celebrating the American Flag left the scene for a planned run showcasing the flag while the Black Lives Matter group stayed behind to protest.

The two sides met up again to end the rally.  They exchanged flags in a peaceful exchange.

A group of Wright State University students sent this letter to the the University’s president, Dr. John Hopkins: WSU Students Request

To view Dr. Hopkins response: WSU President Hopkins Response

The event was open to anyone who wanted to take part.

There were police officers on hand to control the crowd.  There were no arrests.

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