Over Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, vandals wrote homophobic words on the walls of the Boston College Lambda Law Students Association office, where the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual student group meets.
Students discovered the graffiti Tuesday morning after returning from a three-day weekend. The building and office doors were unlocked, according to the Boston Globe.
The Boston College and Newton Police Departments are investigating the incident. Boston College Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau issued a letter to the students and staff, stating that several other offices at the Law School had been vandalized over the past few weeks. Rougeau said:
"The administration of Boston College Law School condemns this reprehensible action and will not tolerate hateful or threatening speech of any kind. This behavior is the antithesis of all we stand for as an institution, and is an assault on our shared values of a welcoming, loving, and inclusive community."
Co-chair of the Lambda Association Jason Triplett told the Boston Globe he does not believe the office was targeted because of its use by the LGBT group. The Lambda office was the only one unlocked, and there were racial slurs written on the walls in addition to the homophobic language.
According to the BostInno blog, students from the Boston College Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Leadership Council (the GLC) launched a social media campaign in November to encourage comedian Ellen DeGeneres to visit the Jesuit Catholic campus. The campaign, "Ellen2BC" aims to raise awareness for the school's LGBTQ community.
GLC Chief of Staff Laura DelloStritto told BostInno:
“Ellen DeGeneres would do wonders to raise awareness of BC’s LGBTQ community and, more importantly, it would provide an immensely educational opportunity for many students who are not members of the LGBTQ community.”
After this week's incident, an educational opportunity would be most welcomed.