Sun, Nov 16, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Heartbreak graffiti on slide arouses mixed emotions

By Chang Teng-hsun and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Some graffiti that appeared on public property in Miaoli County’s Yuanli Township (苑裡) was condemned by netizens and the township office.

At the center of the incident was a slide at the Yuanli Township sports center that was vandalized with graffiti that appeared to be a commentary on relationship issues, including such comments as: “Losing you made me feel as if I am suddenly worthless; I also think I am a jerk” and: “I feel suicidal after losing you.”

One netizen said that the person’s penmanship “looked ugly,” while another criticized the action as lacking moral standards and said the person would have cleaned up after making the graffiti, if they had any conscience.

Others though that the spray-painting expressed heartfelt emotion, but said that the person should have expressed their despair and heartache on paper instead.

Township Mayor Tu Wen-ching (杜文卿) said the perpetrator lacked moral standards and needed further education, adding that such actions should not be encouraged.

However, Tu also asked netizens not to be too harsh on the person, saying that while defacing public property is not encouraged, if doing so allowed the perpetrator to rid themselves of negative emotions and stop considering suicide, then perhaps it was a good thing.

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