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False alarm: no hate crime at Harvard

Library staff spilled bottle of urine by accident

Harvard police are no longer investigating damage done to about 40 books on LGBT issues as if it were a hate crime. The university had reported the supposed vandalism on Friday. Although a bottle of urine had reportedly been poured on the books, it turns out it was done by accident by library staff and was not the act of vandals. “We have learned this morning that the books, while indeed damaged, were damaged by our own library personnel spilling a bottle of what was reported to be urine that had been left on the shelf,” a Harvard dean said in a statement. The dean added that the police are “no longer classifying this incident as a hate crime.” It remains unclear why a bottle of urine was sitting on a library shelf.

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