Skip to comments.Damaged LGBT Books in Lamont Not Result of Hate Crime, Dean Says (barf alert)
Posted on 12/14/2010 12:41:10 PM PST by Wile E Coyote Genius
After conducting an investigation in response to a recent police report that 36 books treating LGBT topics had been damaged with what appeared to be urine in Lamont Library last month, the University determined Monday morning that the incident was an accident and will no longer be treated as a hate crime, according to a statement sent from College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds to the Harvard community on Monday.
On November 24, library staff at Lamont discovered the damaged bookson subjects including lesbian and gay issues and same-sex marriagealong with a bottle assumed to have contained what investigators believed to be urine. This past Friday, library personnel reported the incident to the College and Harvard University Police Department as vandalism, and the affair was subsequently investigated as a hate crime for the "focused nature and related topics" of the affected books, according to Hammonds.
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Yes every library that I have ever gone to always has a jar of urine by the books on the shelf. That is why it spilled on the books! Stupid library workers! When will they ever learn not to spill those jars of urine on the books?
No victim....no crime.
I had to scroll up to the top of the page to make sure it wasn’t the Onion.
Someone saving their urine? Is Howard Hughes working for the Harv. library?
Faculty of Arts and Sciences spokesman Jeff Neal wrote in an e-mail that it remains unclear why a bottle of urine was stowed in the library...Where else are they going to "stow" it?
They should find who stowed it there and tell them,
“Urine big trouble!”
I guess I better add ≤}B^)
(oops, guess they did)
>>the spill was reported by the library employeethe same person who caused the spill, according to his understandingand cleaned up the same day that it occurred.
so why did the library report it as a hate crime?
“Someone saving their urine? Is Howard Hughes working for the Harv. library?”
You got me on that one. As the art department moved to the library?
I know why this happened. These guys are so busy studying in the library, they can’t even pull themselves away to take bathroom breaks. You can imagine how they deal with that, but, one result could be that certain products end up in a bottle.
Must mean that it was gay urine and it got on the books as an act of gay self-expression.
“so why did the library report it as a hate crime?”
They were going to try to report this as a “hate crime” till they found out who did it!!
It speaks volumes about political correctness that a bizarre incident such as this was thought to be a hate crime. Someone actually jumped to that conclusion and filed a report on it.
one of the comments in Boston Globe (more than a few comments were removed)
Maybe the “urine” was there for “artistic” reasons. Maybe they got a NEA grant!
So where was the Jesus on a crucifix? (Has been done before...)
Harvard. Where we’re so gay, even our books get golden showers.
>>A mysteriously misplaced bottle of urine and a clumsy staffer not a hate-filled vandal were the culprits behind the destruction of three dozen Harvard library books related to gay and lesbian studies, the university said yesterday.
We have learned this morning that the books, while indeed damaged, were damaged by our own library personnel spilling a bottle of what was reported to be urine that had been left on the shelf, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds said in a statement. I believe this is an important new fact in the investigation.
The 36 books damaged Nov. 24 had caused a kerfuffle on campus over the weekend when university police said they were investigating it as a bias crime.
Harvard College will not tolerate acts of vandalism, especially those that appear to be motivated by hate or bias, Hammonds said in a statement over the weekend.
Yesterday, she said the campus police department is no longer classifying this incident as a hate crime.
The library had filed a report with campus police on Friday for insurance purposes, Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal said.
At the time it was definitely shocking because it was presented to me as an act of vandalism, said senior Marco Chan, 22, co-chairman of the Harvard Queer Students and Allies. Now I feel much more relieved.
It remained unclear why a bottle of urine would have been left on a shelf in the basement of the undergraduate library which can only be entered with a Harvard ID.
I have no ideaparticularly because there are bathrooms on every floor, Chan said. Its just a really odd situation.
LOL ... the quote of the day!
How about it was a reported hate crime until the investigators uncovered it was a BS story. It was a fake. Then it becomes an “accident” and therefore not a story.
If someone looked into this a little more, they would find another lib trying to generate a fake “hate” crime.
three dozen books? three dozen? and just one bottle of urine? How big was that bottle? Think about it! Three dozen books. A dozen is 12 so three dozen is 12 times 3 = 36. 36 books by one bottle? How big was that one bottle?
Whenever I hear the phrase “hate crime” I think of a moment on the Simpsons when Homer goes to a rock concert and wears some kind of multi-colored, reggae-color-styled hat. Someone points to it and starts to chant “HATE CRIME! HATE CRIME!”
You called it...
Bet on it. It is likely that the "clumsy staffer" got caught setting up the "hate crime."
Link to my post on an earlier thread:
never cry “wolf”
Yeah. They’re busy studying alright. Studying how to stuff various and sundry bodily fluids into a bottle.
Chainsaw in this case.
What’s all the ruckus? Some sodomite just left his bottle of pee on the shelf while perusing the selection of “gay” literature. Understandable. /sarc
Does make this Dean look like something of an idiot. Maybe there should be a prohibition for filling a “false” hate crime report. Naw...don’t combat dumb laws with dumb laws. Plus, it would somehow be used against hetereosexuals.
This just shows that “hate crimes” legislation should be removed from the books. A crime is a crime....the motive doesn’t matter except as a mitigating circumstance...not something to make the crime more heinous. If you wrongly punch someone in the nose, it is assault and battery...it matters not if it was because you thought the person “queer” or just unlikeable. Assault and battery is a crime....leave it at that for the punishment. Now if you punched the dude for calling your wife a whore then there might be grounds for a lesser punishment or dismissal...a mitigating factor. I’m not sure that aggravating factors like “hate” should matter....now if the motive was robbery, that is an aggravating factor.
Urine on gay books = hate crime
Urine on religious Cross = Art
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