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Is it vandalism when you use chalk?

November 11, 2008 | 10:08 am

Chalk We know vandalism when it involves spray cans, stickers or those glass etching things. But does using chalk on a sidewalk amount to vandalism? That's the debate going on at Loyola Marymount University after a student was detained for political writing made in chalk on campus walkways. Details from O.S. Borboa of The Loyolan:

How is it that an act which is practiced on elementary school playgrounds across the country can land a college student in the office of the Department of Public Safety?

That is exactly what one Loyola Marymount student would like to know after being detained by DPS on Monday afternoon for what was termed “vandalism.”

Senior history major Phil McMorrow has been using water-soluble chalk for a few weeks on the grounds of LMU’s campus, and was creating a politically themed work on the eve of the election when he was escorted away from Alumni Mall by “three or four” officers just before 3 p.m.

-- Shelby Grad