Yesterday it was reported that dozens of books in the LGBT section of a Harvard library were destroyed by a vandal who soaked the books in human urine. Today Harvard police say the incident was an accident and not an anti-gay act. Somehow that bottle of piss just happened to be there on that shelf of gay books and got knocked over.
Upon an investigation by HUPD, it was revealed Monday morning that “our own library personnel” had accidentally spilled a bottle, containing what was reported to be urine, that had been found on the shelf, according to Hammonds. Harvard College Library plans to replace all 36 damaged books as soon as possible, she added. “I believe this is an important new fact in the investigation and warrants my sharing it with you immediately. While we should not minimize the seriousness of this incident, HUPD is no longer classifying this incident as a hate crime,” Hammonds wrote in her statement.
Some people aren’t buying the story. One student leader says, “On the one hand, I feel relieved by the news—but on the other hand, I’m still holding breath on questions that are still unresolved. Why was there a bottle of urine on the shelf? Why did it take two weeks for library or HUPD to figure out that this was just an accident? Did someone suddenly come forward?”