USM students react to removal of Mississippi state flag

USM students react to removal of Mississippi state flag

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - University of Southern Mississippi students have various reactions to the removal of the Mississippi state flag from campus.

On Wednesday, USM President Rodney Bennett ordered the flag taken down and replaced with the American flag.

The move has been celebrated by some and criticized by others.

We asked some students if they think the decision was a good one.

"I think it's a good step, it's a good step towards a whole bunch of positive things and it sets a good example for the young children that's growing up," said junior student Tobias Griffin.

"I think a lot of people are blowing it out of proportion, but that's just human nature, I guess," said freshman Brett Hahn. "I can understand why (Bennett) did it, but it really doesn't affect me much, I don't think."

"If they want to take it down, take it down, but if they want to keep it up, then keep it up," said Mack Thompson, a senior. "But, they took it down, I guess to make other people happy and if that's how they feel, then that's what they should do."

The Student Government Association Senate may vote on the issue next week.