Mischief charge laid in UBC Pride flag burning
Flag raised on campus to celebrate OUTweek was discovered burned in February, prompting security concerns
A mischief charge has been laid in the burning of the University of B.C. Pride flag last February, an event that raised security concerns on campus and prompted the cancellation of a scheduled parade.
Court documents show Brooklyn Marie Fink is charged with mischief under $5000, and scheduled to appear in a Richmond court tomorrow.
The flag had been raised as part of the UBC Pride Collective's OUTweek activities, and was discovered burned Feb. 9, after the Family Day long weekend
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At the time, the burning of a symbol of LGBT pride was viewed as a possible hate crime on campus, prompting extra security precautions and the cancellation of a parade in support of transgender people. The City of Vancouver raised its rainbow flag in solidarity, with the mayor's office tweeting that "hate has no place in our community."
Once a suspect was identified later that week, UBC officials said they believed the flag burning was an isolated incident.