Person of interest identified in UBC Pride flag burning

Dec 19 2017, 8:06 pm

University RCMP said they’ve identified a person of interest in the UBC Pride flag burning.

Sergeant Drew Grainger told Vancity Buzz they have information from a witness who has come forward.


“They’ve indicated to us that they may or may not know the person responsible for this act, so we’re just in the process of working through that right now.”

Grainger said they have to go through more witness information to corroborate what they have.

A Pride flag was raised outside of the Student Union Building on Friday in celebration of OUTweek on campus. Sometime over the Family Day long weekend, the flag was set on fire and was discovered by students the following Tuesday.

Vancouver City Hall raised a Pride flag to stand in solidarity with UBC Wednesday afternoon. It was raised by Councillor Tim Stevenson, the former leader of Gay UBC.

UBC condemned the act in a statement, saying it was an “act of hate and in contravention of the values of equity, inclusion and respect deeply held by the university community.”

The UBC Pride Collective had planned a march today to launch OUTweek, but cancelled the event in the wake of the flag burning.