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Tuesday, 30th November 2010

University of Arizona: "Dozens of UA Library Books Vandalized With Hate Speech"

From an Article by Fernanda Echavarri, Arizona Daily Star:

Hate speech was written inside dozens of books at the University of Arizona earlier this month, UA officials said.

More than 50 books had hateful remarks toward religion, race, and sexual orientation, said Sgt. Juan Alvarez, a spokesman for UA police.

The report was made Nov. 17, after library staff conducted a routine inventory and found some of these books, Alvarez said. But the timeline for when the vandalism took place is unknown.

+ 53 Books Vandalized Using Pen Ink

+ There are no suspects and the damage is approx. $8,745 (based on the $165 fee for returned damage books).

The Daily Wildcat (school paper at UA) has
more about the story.

"Because of the angles of the security cameras, we aren't able to go back and see who picked up the books," said Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant, director of marketing and public relations for the library. Smith told police that the books must have been in the library when they were written on, and not checked out, because they would have noticed the damage during the intake process if they were returned....


"These books were not checked out. These books were just on the shelves. There's no way of knowing who the individual was," Sykes-Casavant said.

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