Urine poured on gay-topic books at Harvard

The vandalism of 40 books at the library is being treated as a hate crime


Associated Press
December 13, 2010 7:49PM (UTC)

Police at Harvard University say they are investigating vandalism to about 40 books about lesbian and gay issues at a school library as a hate crime.

Security staff at Lamont Library said in a report filed with campus police on Friday that it appeared someone poured urine on the books on Nov. 24. An empty bottle was found nearby.

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A police spokesman tells The Crimson student newspaper that all the books were about lesbian, gay and same-sex marriage issues.

Library spokeswoman Beth Brainard says it took so long to report the incident because staff wanted to assess the value of the books. She says they were worth several thousand dollars and will be discarded.

Marco Chan, co-chairman of the Harvard College Queer Students and Allies, called the incident "disconcerting."

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