Student Protests on VSU's Campus Continue Following Veteran's Actions

VSU Protests
Posted at 10:54 PM, Apr 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-22 14:27:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WTXL) - On Monday, crowds gathered on Valdosta State University's campus to show their support for an Air Force veteran's actions.

Michelle Manhart stepped in during a protest on Friday, where a group of students were walking on the American flag. The African-American student group was protesting racism, claiming the American flag didn't represent the black community.

Manhart says she felt they were being disrespectful saying, "I didn't want to cause any ruckus in what they had going on, because I do feel it's important that people of any age get to express themselves. So I quietly walked over to the flag and picked it up and walked away."

Manhart was detained by officers, but wasn't charged. However, the university did ban her from all campus activities.

Students waving the American flag filled the student union on VSU's campus Monday. The crowd grew larger as students from Friday's protest joined in as well.

Manhart, along with other veterans will be holding a wheels around campus event this Friday at 1pm. They will drive around campus waving American flags and showing their support for the VSU student community.