NEW HAVEN — A Veterans Day protest in which a student placed red-painted latex gloves around a display of small American flags has stirred some controversy at Yale University.
Senior Casey Odesser says her act was meant as a reminder of the death associated with U.S. military conflicts, not to disrespect members of the armed services.
But student Jake Fischer, who served as a medic in Afghanistan, questions why she chose to target a display honoring veterans, who do not set U.S. policy.
He says the blood on his hands and latex gloves usually came from helping save lives.
Yale spokeswoman Karen Peart says the school will always stand behind the right of students to protest, but also honors the service of veterans and is “deeply proud to count many in its community.”