So If You Spray Paint The Words "Hang Obama by a Noose" Should You Be Expelled?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I was reading this article about an NCSU student who (with three other students) wrote things like "Let's shoot that n-- in the head'', "Hang Obama by a Noose'', and also made references to the KKK (and apparently the hate graffiti was even examined by United States Secret Service to determine if it amounted to death threats against President Elect Obama) and I wonder about the punishment for the crime.

The student who took primary responsibility had to issue an apology, and has to participate in diversity training, as well as perform community service.

One one hand it seems a little light. I mean doesn't expulsion seem more apropos for hate graffiti?

At the same time it makes me think about the question of when do you stop giving someone a chance to learn? Is there an age limit? Is it the frequency of the acts? A combination of the two?

To be honest - I don't know.

I'm just thinking out loud.