Gay Idaho Student Targeted in Hate Crime Threat
A gay student at the University of Idaho has been threatened with violence, the school's Argonaut paper reports:
"It was a little before 9 a.m. on Sept. 29 when sophomore Kory Larabee went to his dorm room and found the words, 'Faggot. F---ing kill you,' scrawled across his message board. 'I came out when I was 15,' Larabee said. 'This is the first time I’ve ever been truly afraid. I don’t feel safe walking out at night … it’s violating.' An international studies major and resident adviser for Wallace Residence Center, this was not the first time Larabee has been harassed at the University of Idaho. As a freshman he said he endured a similar situation, although in that instance the perpetrator didn’t leave a threat behind, so he chose not to tell anyone. 'It’s so easy to get stuck in a stereotype,' he said. 'It bothered me, but I just told myself to move past it. I know I’m not the only one who’s ever made that decision.'"
The threat qualifies as a felony hate crime. The school has installed cameras in the area. Students and the school have come to Larabee's defense. Said the residential director: “It’s deeply concerning that someone has been threatening within our community. We work hard to create a safe environment, and we are going to protect it.”