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Valdosta State University Shut Down In Anticipation of Flag Rally

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 04:23 PM

Georgia's Valdosta State University shut down Friday, canceling normal business operations, including classes, in anticipation of the Flags Over Valdosta rally that was expected to draw thousands of people to protest near the campus.

The rally was scheduled in response to a viral video last week that showed people walking on a U.S. flag as part of a protest against racism. The rally offered an opportunity for people to show their support of the American flag.

Protests went on at the university all week against the disrespectful treatment of the flag; after consulting with police, the university’s leadership announced on Thursday that it would close normal business operations in anticipation of the Friday rally.

On Twitter Friday, the university said the rally had been peaceful. Demonstrators weren’t allowed on campus, but instead filled the streets nearby.



The Valdosta Daily Times reported vendors were selling flag T-shirts Friday at a shopping center near the university.

In another incident at Valdosta State this week, a backpack was found on campus containing a handgun; it was traced to 21-year-old student Eric Sheppard, who has disappeared. On Tuesday, Sheppard’s father, Eric Sheppard Sr., pleaded with his son to turn himself in, according to a university release.

“Son, you know we love you and have always taught you to do the right thing and make wise decisions. Please make the right decision and turn yourself in, either to the authorities or to me, and we will handle this together,” Sheppard Sr. said. “We love you and are here for you, as you requested.”

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