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Student Tears (Down) Mexican Flag; Suspect Remains At Large
New Mexico Daily Lobo ^ | September 19, 2007 | Jeremy Hunt

Posted on 09/20/2007 8:15:13 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Student tears Mexican flag; suspect remains at large

9/19/07

by Jeremy Hunt

Daily Lobo

A student took down a Mexican flag from a flagpole outside Scholes Hall Monday, tore it and took it to the Air Force ROTC office, police said.

A summons was issued for Peter Lynch, 30, by the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court for criminal damage to property, said Lt. Pat Davis, spokesman for UNM Police.

Davis said Lynch is not a member of ROTC, and it is unclear why he took the flag to that office.

Lynch has not been charged because UNMPD cannot find him, Davis said.

UNMPD investigated the vandalism as a potential hate crime, but witnesses from the ROTC office told police it was not a racially motivated crime, Davis said.

"He was frustrated a foreign flag was flown without an American flag nearby," he said. "We're basically investigating it on witness statements."

The Mexican Student Association raised the flag outside Scholes Hall on Friday for Mexican Independence Day, said Cheo Torres, vice president for academic affairs.

Mabel Gonzales, president of the Mexican Student Association, declined to comment.

Torres and interim vice president for institutional diversity Rita Martinez-Purson issued an apology Tuesday from the University for the incident.

"This sort of incident hurts everyone," Torres said. "It's something that you don't expect to see at a place like the University of New Mexico where we celebrate diversity."

Martinez-Purson said the incident caught her off-guard, as well.

"I don't think anything really prepares you for this type of vindictive behavior," she said. "Obviously, we need to have strong dialog across campus about respect for other people and their cultures."

Whether the vandalism was racially motivated or not, it was offensive, especially to the Hispanic community, Martinez-Purson said.

"There's still an impact that has to be dealt with," she said. "He did insult them. His thoughtless behavior had consequences."

The University won't tolerate that kind of behavior, President David Schmidly said.

"It's inexcusable to desecrate a flag," he said. "I'm not going to be very pleasant to deal with on this issue."

What makes the situation worse is that it was a Mexican flag, Schmidly said.

"For God's sake, New Mexico was part of Mexico at one time," he said. "There's tremendous ties, and we have a large population of Hispanics that live in our state and many of them have relatives and connections to Mexico."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: academicbias; aliens; bigbrother; bordercontrol; diverrrrrrrrrsity; diverthity; flag; hatecrime; hero; immigrantlist; immigration; indoctrination; invasion; mexicanflags; mexico; multicult; ohmygawd; patriot; pc; peterlynch; peterlynchbadmofo; peterrlynch; sovereignty; thoughtpolice; traitors; unm
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New Mexico is part of the United States of America. Hence the name NEW MEXICO (unlike current, present day Mexico run by corrupt political parties, Napoleanic code of justice, socialism and a government bought and paid for by the drug mafias.)
1 posted on 09/20/2007 8:15:15 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Hero alert....


2 posted on 09/20/2007 8:16:59 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: DogByte6RER
Good news: Congress may pass a flag desecration bill making it illegal to maliciously damage the flag

Bad news: It will only cover the Mexican flag

3 posted on 09/20/2007 8:17:58 AM PDT by lormand (Ron Paul - Surrender/Suicide Monkey for GOP nominee and a steaming POS)
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To: DogByte6RER

I support his act. He is a patriot.


4 posted on 09/20/2007 8:18:10 AM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: DogByte6RER

Burning or tearing American flag = constitutionally protected right.

Tearing Mexican flag = hate crime.

—The PC Police.


5 posted on 09/20/2007 8:18:23 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Blue Turtle

What a bunch of idiots (the guys who say things like New Mexico was a part of Mexico, and they want to arrest the kid etc). An American flag, by LAW should have been flying AS WELL.


6 posted on 09/20/2007 8:19:27 AM PDT by Rick.Donaldson (http://realitycheck.blogsome.com - and yes, yes, I'm a "FredHead". Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: DogByte6RER
"It's inexcusable to desecrate a flag," he said.

"I'm not going to be very pleasant to deal with on this issue."

What makes the situation worse is that it was a Mexican flag, Schmidly said.

The education Taliban strikes again.

7 posted on 09/20/2007 8:19:54 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: DogByte6RER
I would like to shake his hand and congratulate him.

Too bad more Americans aren't like this.
8 posted on 09/20/2007 8:20:07 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: Rick.Donaldson

Oh, yeah, have a strong dialog about RESPECTING AMERICAN CULTURE YOU TWIT!


9 posted on 09/20/2007 8:20:12 AM PDT by Rick.Donaldson (http://realitycheck.blogsome.com - and yes, yes, I'm a "FredHead". Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: Blue Turtle
Hero alert....

How can you possibly call this kid a hero based upon this disgusting behaviour? Clearly the flag should have been tread upon and buried in an unmarked grave in TJ.

10 posted on 09/20/2007 8:20:17 AM PDT by Squeako (ACLU: "Only Christians, Boy Scouts and War Memorials are too vile to defend.")
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To: DogByte6RER

“It’s inexcusable to desecrate a flag”

Unless of course it’s an American flag.


11 posted on 09/20/2007 8:20:49 AM PDT by Radio_Silence
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To: DogByte6RER
"It's inexcusable to desecrate a flag," he said. "I'm not going to be very pleasant to deal with on this issue."

But apparently not to our court system who said that desecrating a flag (or at least the US flag) is free speech.

What makes the situation worse is that it was a Mexican flag, Schmidly said.

Thus the offense taken by foreign nationals trumps the court given free speech "rights" to descecrate a flag.

12 posted on 09/20/2007 8:20:59 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: DogByte6RER

No doubt the school will bend over backwards to grant him “amnesty” from prosecution.... Hey right


14 posted on 09/20/2007 8:22:33 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Blue Turtle

I agree. The man did good.


15 posted on 09/20/2007 8:23:28 AM PDT by tioga
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To: DogByte6RER
New Mexico is part of the United States of America. Hence the name NEW MEXICO (unlike current, present day Mexico run by corrupt political parties, Napoleanic code of justice, socialism and a government bought and paid for by the drug mafias.)

Some parts of that description apply to NM, too, unfortunately. Most notably the corrupt parties and the socialism.

16 posted on 09/20/2007 8:24:14 AM PDT by Disambiguator (What's the temperature, Albert?)
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Free speech should not be to plant a Mexican flag and live as a Mexican in America illegally. True Americans wave an American flag on our soil. Your neighbor isn’t a true American. He should go home to Mexico.


17 posted on 09/20/2007 8:25:17 AM PDT by tioga
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To: DogByte6RER
Torres and interim vice president for institutional diversity Rita Martinez-Purson issued an apology Tuesday from the University for the incident.

I suppose it would be to much to expect that the apology was for not flying the American Flag 

18 posted on 09/20/2007 8:26:39 AM PDT by grjr21
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To: tioga

I have a Vatican flag. Should I go home to the Vatican?


19 posted on 09/20/2007 8:28:08 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: DogByte6RER
Ethnoreligious relations are worse on university campuses than anywhere else in the country. This is because the most politicized segments of the faculty have every incentive to make it so. It would probably never occur to an employee of a McDonald's to run up a Mexican flag outside his restaurant, and if it did all the non-Hispanics would know that the Big Macs will still taste the same.

Daniel Pipes notes today that academics are more sheltered from the consequences of their choices than any other occupation. This is the fruit of that.

20 posted on 09/20/2007 8:28:33 AM PDT by untenured
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