Harvard officials are now saying that LGBT-themed books in a university library were drenched with urine not as the result of a hate crime, but because of an employee accident. Obviously, questions remain.
Yesterday, the Crimson reported that the destruction of 36 books in Lamont Library was being investigated as a "bias crime." But last night, the student paper said that in fact a library staff member had spilled a bottle of urine that had been left on the shelves, unintentionally defacing the books. The same employee apparently reported the spill. This new story is odd to say the least — if the employee came, um, clean right away, why was the incident ever investigated as a hate crime? Marco Chan of the Harvard College Queer Students and Allies Co-Chair adds some more questions: "Why was there a bottle of urine on the shelf? Why did it take two weeks for library or HUPD to figure out that this was just an accident? Did someone suddenly come forward?"