Wash U Charges Student Group $846 for Spray Chalk Graffitti

From Jim Hoft:

John Burns from Campus Gulag passed this on:

Last night I got an email from the student leader, Dirk, over at Washington University in St Louis.
The campus cops submitted an invoice to the Young Americans for Liberty(YAL) students for $846 in one lump sum, rather than presenting a line item invoice. I have attached the invoice. It’s absurd, and I hope all can view it to see how absurd it is.

Somebody took a can of spray-chalk (the spray that the gas company might use to mark your lawn) and, using a stencil, spray-chalked a small image of a hammer and sickle on the sidewalk of the campus quad a few dozen times.

The university had the lawn mowing company they had contracted to mow the lawn (subcontractors using mexican labor)hook up hoses to wash away the images from the sidewalk the at precisely the same time as the YAL students at Wash U and I were erecting the gulag on the quad.

The university, failing to find out exactly who is responsible for the spray-chalking, is holding the YAL students responsible for it. The Campus cops have repeatedly used words like felonious property damage (because the ‘damage’ is in excess of $750, which is a Class D felony in Missouri) in order to intimidate the students and are holding that over the heads of the students like the Sword of Damacles if the students refuse to pay up.

Spray chalk. You know, the kind that washes off with water. I think they created the figure just so they could rack it up as a felony. I don’t even have to state “were the students liberals …”