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Posted by beatle on January 24, 2000 at 23:26:15:

Friday January 21 7:59 PM ET
Man Writes Anti-Handicapped E-mail

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - A California State University employee is in
trouble with the university for posting a computer
message urging opponents of handicapped parking to do ``something
nasty'' to people who use wheelchairs.

``If anybody wants to start up an anti-handicapped parking coalition let
me know,'' Jody Dunkel wrote in a message posted on
a university bulletin board Jan. 6. ``You vow to yourself that the next
cripple in a wheelchair you see you're going to do
something nasty and annoying to them.''

Dunkel, 22, said Friday that the message wasn't meant to be taken
seriously.

``I wrote it to be controversial and stir things up,'' he said. ``It was
extreme humor.''

He said a disabled person who was offended by the message sent it to
university officials.

Dunkel has worked as a Web page designer at the school's Monterey Bay
campus since he graduated last spring.

University President Peter Smith would not say how Dunkel was being
disciplined, citing employee confidentiality.

Dunkel also wouldn't say what his punishment was, but he said he still
works at the university.

The message frightened some of the university's 100 disabled students.

``It may be a joke, but subtle things like that hurt just as much as
overt statements,'' said Greg Lukas, 52, who uses a
wheelchair.

________________________________________________________________________
Please write to the University President at "peter_smith@monterey.edu" and let him
know how disgusting this behavior is. Think of the outcry that would occur if the posting
on the University bulletin board (by a university employee) was about a racial or ethnic
minority. This man should be terminated, and the only way that is going to happen, is if
the outcry is loud enough. Please, write the University President and let him know that
termination is imperative.

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