18-year-old Cain Stacy, who identifies as bisexual, returned to his home in Billings, MT to find someone had sprayed the word “FAG” in red paint across his front door, the Billings Gazette reports.
The incident happened last Thursday. Stacy says the paint was still wet when he returned from hanging out with a friend.
Naturally, he was outraged.
“I’ve been called a fag my whole life,” he said.
But this is the first time someone has actually trespassed onto his property before.
“This,” he said, pointing to the word behind him, “this is child’s play.”
Stacy’s mother lives next door to her son and owns both properties. After Stacy told her what happened, they called police together. Stacy said it took several hours for an officer to show up.
Police initially classified the crime as a criminal mischief with a bias motivation noted against bisexuals, but ultimately deactivated it when they couldn’t come up with an leads.
According to the Billings Gazette, the Montana Board of Crime Control keeps tabs on crimes of this sort, which in turn get reported as hate crimes to the state’s Uniform Crime Reporting program. Last year, 44 hate crimes were reported. Of those, four cases involved sexual orientation biases. And that number has been steadily declining in recent years. In 2006, for example, 154 hate crimes were reported.
But that doesn’t alleviate Stacy’s current frustrations.
“I just want it off my damn door,” he said.
But for now, he’ll have to wait for warmer weather. The current cold temperatures prevent the paint he has from sticking. In the mean time, a plastic bag keeps the slur covered.