Hate speech found in women’s washroom
Second-year journalism student Greta Waples scrambled across the SAIT Wellness Centre searching for cleaning products to remove comments that she felt would be deeply offensive to a number of fellow students.
“When I saw it, I was immediately pissed off. I was appalled that people can be that ignorant,” she said.
The carvings read, “Lesbianism is a copout for ugly girls who can’t find a boyfriend,” followed by “Straight Pride [sic] Happy to be heterosexual and normal.”
The hate speech was initially spotted this past week, but was removed after Waples asked for its immediate removal. She contacted the SAIT help-line this past Tuesday after her best efforts to remove the scribbling failed her.
SAIT pubic relations specialist Melanie Simmons said that this type of vandalism is a rare occurrence at SAIT.
“Anytime there is an act of violence such as this, SAIT Registrar investigates in conjunction with a Dean. SAIT can determine who is responsible and whether there were prior issues with the individual,” she said.
Simmons said SAIT makes an effort to clean up graffiti as soon as it is discovered to deter repeated attempts.
SAITSA President Sebastian Rodas said the he condemns these actions and that “There is no place for intolerance within the SAIT community.”