Re: Learning Well the Ways of the World at URI
By way of following up my post about the gay-rights sit-in at the University of Rhode Island, I note that the Providence Journal has reported the actions of the student arrested related to anti-gay slurs:
An anti-gay threat written on a dry-erase board on the door of a University of Rhode Island dorm room has resulted in the arrest of a freshman from Massachusetts, URI officials said Thursday. …
One student reported feeling threatened, [University spokesman Dave] Lavallee said.
The message, Lavallee said, was accompanied by a drawing of a male anatomical part and said: “You are gay, get out of Barlow before you regret it.”
This student should certainly face some sort of censure for a dumb action intended to offend, but the Projo placed its report under the header, “Hate Crime.” Is this really the level of drama that we want to apply to adolescent indiscretion?