Jerk of the Week! Anti-Trump Graffiti Suspect, ‘I’m Sorry’

Posted: July 2, 2017 in For your information, for your reflection, jerk of the week

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There are so many jerks of the week that we find it harder and harder to chose which one to pick. Well this past Saturday we had a good laugh when in the mainstream newspaper we found this article. Was this jerk of the week trying to cause trouble. “Yeah,” says Mary Lou, “of course.” Spray some anti-Trump graffiti around and who will get the blame. Throw the book at this guy. Send him up shits creek without a paddle. This article is re-typed verbatim.

From Police News, Saturday 7/1/2017, Hartford Courant

Anti-Trump Graffiti Suspect: ‘I’m Sorry’

West Hartford– The bike-riding 32-year old who police said littered a West Hartford elementary school play-ground with anti-Trump graffiti said Friday he will not fight the charges against him. Steven Marks of West Hartford also said he’s sorry, and that his actions were “stupid.” He actually is pro-Trump, he aid, but he refuse to explain what would compel a Trump supporter to write anti-Trump graffiti.  On Thursday night Marks turned himself in on a warrant charging him with third-degree criminal mischief and breach of peace, police said. He posted $500 bail and was told to appear in Hartford Community Court on Wednesday.

Police said that Marks wrote anti-Trump messages on benches, playground equipment and other areas at the Morley elementary School, 77 Bretton Road, on the night of June 15. Some of the messages were threatening and vulgar, they said.

A surveillance video, tips and his own admissions proved to be key in solving the case. Police had released a video showing a bald, white man in his 30s or 40s wearing a dark blue Boston Red Sox T-shirt and khaki shorts riding a bicycle onto the school playground. He was accompanied by a white and brown dog. Police said they received a tip from the public and a call from Marks himself, who told officers he was the person on the news. Marks confirmed that. He also said he emailed a letter of apology to the school principal and attached a separate letter he hoped would be sent to parents, he said.  “I did write a letter of apology to the principle of the school. I offered to clean it up,” he said of the graffiti. He said he also wrote an apology letter to students’ parents.

The police later told him not to contact the school anymore and he didn’t, Marks said. But he still wants to make sure his apology is heard.

“On the record I want to say I’m sorry,” Marks said. “It was a stupid decision. I hope nobody wants to do the same because it’s wrong. “I’m sorry.”

Christine Dempsey wrote this article for the Hartford Courant.

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