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Friday, January 14, 2011

LGBT Poster Burned at San Francisco High School, Police Say Not a Hate Crime

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM

click to enlarge The Fight for Gay Rights is On Fire
  • The Fight for Gay Rights is On Fire

A flyer advertising a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered event at an Ingleside high school was set on fire, not once, but twice.

At about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, firefighters were called to the 200 block of Oneida Street after there was reportedly a fire in the women's bathroom. Firefighters found an LGBT flyer had been torched.

After they extinguished the fire, and students returned to class, a second fire alarm sounded at the high school, said Officer Albie Esparza.

Police would not disclose the name of the high school.

Firefighters went back upstairs into the same women's restroom only to find the same LGBT flyer on fire, Esparza said.

Firefighters called police to the scene of the arson. Police reviewed security cameras and saw it was a 15-year-old girl who had started the fires. Esparza said.

Initially, police believed it was a hate crime, but after interviewing the girl, they concluded the arson was not targeted, Esparza said.

"She suffers from several mental issues," Esparza said.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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