What the hell?! This is absolutely awful!
About 40 books about gay and lesbian issues were recently reportedly thought to be vandalized in Harvard University's Lamont Library, after security staff discovered them covered in what appeared to be URINE on November 24th!
However, although it was originally being investigated as a hate crime, the university has released a statement claiming that the entire incident was merely an unfortunate accident!
According to an official statement:
The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) and the College were notified this past Friday by Harvard College Library personnel that 36 books related to gay and lesbian studies were damaged in Lamont Library on November 24, 2010. This incident was initially reported as vandalism and characterized as a hate-crime because of the focused nature and related topics of the damaged books. HUPD has continued to investigate this incident since the initial report and 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. I believe this is an important new fact in the investigation and warrants my sharing it with you immediately. While we should not minimize the seriousness of this incident, HUPD is no longer classifying this incident as a hate crime. This nuance in the facts in the case also explains why library personnel did not immediately report the incident and treated it instead as a prank. I am also pleased to report that the Harvard College Library intends to replace all 36 books as soon as possible.
Huh? We're still a little confused on a few issues.
LIKE WHY THERE WAS A BOTTLE OF URINE IN THE LIBRARY!
Not to mention the fact that this accident managed to destroy only LGBT-themed texts, etc.
Something about all of this seems a little shady to us!
We deserve a better explanation, please!
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