BLACKSBURG, VA — (08-10-21) — Unfortunately we are forced to report that police are investigating the theft of a Gay Pride flag taken from Virginia Tech and replaced with two confederate flags.

The Blacksburg Police Department confirmed to JRL CHARTS that they are looking into a larceny report from The Wesley Center, a Methodist campus ministry group on Virginia Tech’s campus.

In a Saturday Facebook post, the Wesley Center said that early Saturday morning, a Pride flag hanging outside its building had been torn down and replaced with one Confederate flag in the front of the building and another one in the back.

The center also said that the removal of its Pride flags has “been an ongoing issue,” calling this incident a “hate crime” that “goes against all that we believe.” The confederate flags was clear dead giveaway their motives!

“We want our LGBTQ+ community to know that we will always love, support, and embrace you with open arms,” posted the center, along with photos showing blurred images of the Confederate flag where the Pride flag had been placed.

The new flag hung above two benches outside the center, one painted in rainbow colors and the other bearing the phrase, “Black Lives Matter.”

“Wesley will always work to be a safe and affirming place for everyone,” the Center added in its post.

The center urged individuals to “reach out if you need to process or talk about this event with anyone,” noting that “this active hate can be traumatic and triggering for many.”  The Center further stated that any community members with knowledge of his “hate crime” to contact the Blacksburg Police Department with any information.

A spokesperson for Lt. J.M. Teubert of the Blacksburg Police Department told JRL CHARTS that the case had been assigned to the force’s criminal investigations unit.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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