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Flag protests raise safety concerns at VSU

Friday's protestors gathered on campus again Monday evening and placed another American flag on the ground Friday's protestors gathered on campus again Monday evening and placed another American flag on the ground
Taylor Prain Taylor Prain
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Some Valdosta State students were saying Tuesday that they were starting to feel unsafe on campus because of all of the recent flag-related protests.

Campus was noticeably quieter Tuesday, however, than it was Monday. Monday, several peaceful flag-related protests took place on and around campus.

Some students told WALB Tuesday that the robberies that had happened during the course of the semester made them more afraid for their safety than all of the protests.

One student said he felt campus police were doing their job well though with all of the protests and keeping things from getting out of control. "They've handled it the best that they can. The instance that is most publicized, which I won't mention, they did what I thought was probably the best act of policing that I've seen on this campus," said VSU senior Taylor Prain.

Tuesday afternoon, VSU President, Dr. William McKinney, released a statement regarding the issue of student safety:

"The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority. Therefore, while we protect peoples' civil liberties, we will be vigilant in ensuring order is maintained. We are actively monitoring the situation and continue to work closely with local law enforcement. Any action by any individual or group that jeopardizes the safety or disrupts the orderly operations of the university will be dealt with swiftly and justly."

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