Southern Oregon Students Apologize for Anti-Gay Graffiti

Blake Adkins and Kevin Novotny, two students at Southern Oregon University have apologized for a graffiti spree in the dorms, saying they are not homophobic, but were just bored.

The Mail Tribune reports:
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"On the white walls of two dorm hallways — including one with a gender-neutral floor that houses several gay students — they wrote what police called anti-gay graffiti.

'We already had markers in our hands and we started to draw stuff on the walls, and it escalated,' Adkins said.

In an interview earlier this week, Adkins, 19, and Novotny, 20, admitted to the crime and apologized for it.

'Kevin and I would like to say that we're deeply and sincerely sorry to all that were affected,' Adkins said.

'Absolutely,' said Novotny, who sat beside Adkins in an empty SOU math classroom.

'We're good people, we just made a mistake,' Adkins added. 'It was a reckless act. It wasn't supposed to be a hate crime or anything like that. It was a poor choice of words.'

Adkins and Novotny said they plan to apologize in person Friday to residents of the dorms hit by the graffiti and to also write each resident a letter of apology. In the coming days, they plan to begin volunteering at the university's Queer Resource Center.

'We are voluntarily doing things in a positive manner to show that we are good citizens and we do care and love everyone,' Adkins said."


  1. Scala says

    “We are voluntarily doing things in a positive manner to show that we are good citizens and we do care and love everyone,’ Adkins said.”

    *Cough* bullshit *Cough*

  2. Hollywood, CA says

    Hmm… it’s almost like there’s no word that replaces FAG or FAGGOT that would mean basically what I think most of the people that do this want it to mean. “Wimp, Sissy, and Punk” just don’t have the same punch as FAG.

    We need to SANTORUM the “F” word, so we can steer it clear of HOMOSEXUAL, and towards something more PC to hate… like TRAITOR.

  3. Derek Pearce says

    Of all the petty crimes one could commit, I’ve never understood graffiti. Is one’s ego so insecure that it actually feels better seeing stupid shit you’ve used to deface public property? It just makes no sense.

  4. TomChicago says

    sure they’re sorrrrrry. The point is their value system…which was revealed. It’s kind of the same as “in vino veritas”. It’s there, kid, and no apologizing is going to change what is there. Not so simple.

  5. Lexxvs says

    (irony)/I have the slight and malign suspicion that all that babbling is because they were caught (irony).
    Oh yeah, anonymity can make you such a shitty person. Or, better say, can show how you REALLY are.

  6. nic says

    these guys seem sufficiently contrite, and they seem to be trying to right the wrong. they should not be punished forever. still, i can’t help but think of an adolescent, scatological ditty, “he who writes on bathroom walls, rolls his shit into little balls, and while he writes his words of wit, he eats his little balls of shit.”

  7. Bob R says

    Strange, boredom seems to lead to a lot nasty actions. Brings to mind the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s playthings”. Several times lately I’ve read about college students “being bored” and doing something that results in their arrest. Maybe our colleges have become much too easy? When I was in college, I was almost always busy studying, researching papers or reports or working two jobs to help pay for education and living expenses. Maybe colleges (which become more expensive every year) should do more to earn their increased fees by demanding more of their students besides the dollar?