UPDATE 7:05 a.m. (8/12/21): Virginia Tech has issued a statement after an LGBTQ flag was reportedly stolen and swapped out with a Confederate flag at the Wesley United Methodist Campus Ministry.

“Virginia Tech strongly rejects all forms of prejudice and discrimination and condemns deliberate, hateful actions. We were personally deeply saddened to learn about an act of vandalism against a ministry in our community.

This incident does not reflect who we are at Virginia Tech and the Principles of Community that guide us. We fully support Blacksburg Police in their effort to investigate this matter and encourage anyone in the community with information to come forward.

Virginia Tech has made tremendous progress over the last several years in building a more thoroughly diverse and inclusive university. Our belief in the inherent dignity and value of every person has never been stronger.

Yet incidents like this remind us that the journey to equity and social justice – whether in our community or others across the country – will be long and hard-fought. Our community’s strong and swift reaction to this incident gives me confidence in the culture we’re building and our shared commitment to see our vision through.”

Virginia Tech

The university says the following resources are available to anyone in the Hokie community who needs assistance or counseling as a result of this act of vandalism:

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Police in Blacksburg are searching for those responsible after an LGBTQ flag was reportedly taken and replaced with a Confederate flag at a ministry

According to the Blacksburg Police Department, the investigation into the theft of the pride flag from the Wesley United Methodist Campus Ministry was launched on Saturday, Aug. 7.

The department says the ongoing case has been assigned to its Criminal Investigation Unit.

Police say that not only is this a larceny investigation, but it also involved intimidation.

“The Blacksburg Police Department takes all matters involving intimidation seriously and will investigate this matter diligently and expeditiously.”

Blacksburg Police Department

If you have information about this crime, you are asked to contact the Blacksburg Police Tip Line by calling (540) 961-1819 or emailing ciu@blacksburg.gov. Tips using this line can remain anonymous.

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