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Haskell Library Takes Action On Art From Past Faculty Member

One of the classrooms in the library had Don Secondine’s art placed on the floor with this message, “No more art from child predators”

By Kayla Bointy

Action has been taken since Indian Leader’s previous story entitled “ Does Artistic Merit Outweigh the Artist’s Crimes?’’ by Travis Campbell  was published. The article brought attention to the ethical issue of a past faculty member, Don Secondine, who in 2009 sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to a July 14, 2009 article in the Lawrence Journal-World.  His art remained on display in the Haskell library. On Thursday May 10, 2018 his art had been put on the floor with this message “No more art from child predators”.

Later the library decided to remove Secondine’s art and will be placed into storage. His art still remains on various parts of the campus.

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