When Lexi Baskin walked to her car after meeting with a professor, she stopped in her tracks. Her car had been plastered in hateful messages on bright colored paper…all just to call her a liar. She was stunned. She took pictures. And then she turned to Twitter.
On campus, Baskin used a blue placard to park in the handicapped spots throughout her days. From classes to appointments and treatments, she struggled to keep up with everyone else, and being able to save a few steps here and there between her destinations helped her to get through the day.
After a meeting with a professor, she saw this taped to her windshield.
The anonymous people admitted to “watching” her, and had prepared these signs with masking tape, just waiting to pounce on her vehicle. She’d only been in the building for an hour, but that was more than enough time for the cowardly students to strike.
Just a gentle reminder that you have no idea what is going on in other people’s lives. This is my car and I am legally allowed to park in handicap spaces due to cancer treatment and exhaustion. Just because you can’t physically observe something does not mean that a person is not feeling it. I had a grade 2 ependymoma on my brain stem. It was removed July 28th and I started radiation 5 weeks ago today. I have about a week and a half left of treatment and my last scan came back good. I’m left with a little speech impediment but it’s improving. Just because I look fine in the two minutes I walk from my car to the building does not mean I’m not battling cancer and undergoing radiation treatment. I am not asking for sympathy, but just awareness that everyone is fighting their own battles, whether you know it or not. Be kind to people. Make people cry tears of joy, and not frustration or sadness. Love one another. I will choose to love this person and pray for them. I hope that the darkness in their heart is replaced with unconditional love and happiness.”
While Baskin isn’t interested in pressing charges for the vandalizing of her vehicle, the school is looking into the matter. They are concerned that the vandals aren’t living up to the code of conduct, and want to investigate the harassment and put a stop to it.