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Idaho Law Dean Condemns ‘Punks’ Responsible for Hate Speech Incidents

Posted Mar 18, 2010 9:09 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The dean of the University of Idaho College of Law is condemning the “punks” responsible for hate speech directed at gay and liberal activists at the school.

In an interview with the Lewiston Tribune, Don Burnett said that if any students are responsible, they could be expelled, the Associated Press reports.

“It's the work of, very likely, one or two people who simply want to try to jerk the institution around,” Burnett told the Lewiston Tribune in an interview cited by AP. “We have a much more positive agenda than that, and we're not going to be pushed around by punks who simply seek to cause trouble."

The hate incidents began in August, shortly before school began, according to Above the Law. In two different incidents, someone defaced pictures of student activists posted on a bulletin board by gouging out or sticking pins in their eyes. More recently, fliers were distributed that quoted individuals advocating violence against gays and lesbians.

The law school is offering “Safe Zone” classes on March 29 to teach empathy for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

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