You can hang a noose at Duke University, and the school will hide your identity when the narrative of the violent racist falls apart.
No such luck for 18-year-old Bradley M. Becker, whose narrative – that he burned swastikas into a University of Missouri residence hall two days apart because he was “inspired by YouTube videos mocking jihadism” – didn’t stop prosecutors from charging him with a hate crime, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported:
The first incident of vandalism was found at 12:30 p.m. April 8 in the Mark Twain Residence Hall, the statement said. In a northwest stairwell on the second floor, known as a place where students smoke marijuana, according to the statement, a swastika and “Illuminati” triangle were found and subsequently covered with white paint. Two days later, at 7 p.m., another swastika and the words “You have been warned” appeared in the same spot. Anonymous tips led to Becker’s arrest.
Though police call the bizarre vandalism an isolated incident, the prosecutor’s office is asking around campus to “determine the impact of the crime.”
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