Felony: Writing on the Teacher’s Desk


I hate hate. Nazis are really stupid. Drawing a swastika on a Jewish teacher’s desk is hateful and criminal.

But a felony?

Boston Herald:

Andover officials: Swastikas at school were felony hate crime

Andover police are investigating the discovery of three swastikas found drawn on a classroom desk at the town’s high school yesterday just hours before the the start of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Because the drawings were found in the classroom of a Jewish teacher, town officials are treating the incident as a felony hate crime.

“The moment we write these acts of intolerance and hatred of as mere ignorance we are admitting that we must live with hate in our community,” Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said in a statement.

“Our community is much stronger than that. We are a vibrant, tolerant, welcoming community,” he said, “and we will not allow hate speech or hate crimes to pervade in our schools, or anywhere else.”

The students should be found and punished. But we used to reserve felonies for violent crimes, or those exceeding some monetary limit. I feel badly for the teacher, and hope some reasonable punishment can be found, as soon as the vandals are located.

Have I said it enough? I hate racism, sexism and a whole lot of “isms.” On the other hand, let’s not loose our heads, people. 

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4 Responses to Felony: Writing on the Teacher’s Desk

  1. This Other Latin F*cker says:

    I’m not going to bet against the teacher doing it themselves. I’ve recently seen way too many “hate crime” turning out to be someone manufacturing them because they couldn’t find any real hate to protest against.

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  2. onwyrdsdream says:

    “Have I said it enough? I hate racism, sexism and a whole lot of “isms.” On the other hand, let’s not loose our heads, people.”

    The danger in that statement is practically every faith is also an -ism. Catholicism for instance. Given that -ism more or less means “the doctrine of” When applied to hate groups, it isn’t even a sufficient suffix. Probably because it’s connected to “-ist” most of the time, which is more or less “the practitioners of”

    What can I say, the graffiti itself is already a crime and falls under the umbrella of property damage. I don’t really believe in charging people with another crime for what is in their heads, because you can never prove what is in a person’s head. Many of the people guilty of what you consider worse will never be punished for their internal beliefs because you can’t prove it, and sometimes don’t even notice it. Whereas, some people will be punished more harshly for crimes because of a secondary factor which wasn’t there, but they can’t prove it. It lends itself to the uneven application of justice. If you can find numerous cases where the punishment for a particular provable act are less than you’d prefer, perhaps that just means the punishment for that act is too light in general.

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  3. Pablo says:

    “The moment we write these acts of intolerance and hatred of as mere ignorance we are admitting that we must live with hate in our community,” Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said in a statement.

    Guess what, Andy? You have to live with hate in your community. You also have to live with stupidity, as evidenced by your apparent belief that you can outlaw an emotion. Hell, I hate you, Andy, and I don’t even know you. Dictatorial idiocy just chaps my ass.

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