UK student undergoing radiation treatments publicly shamed

Published: Nov. 5, 2017 at 2:14 PM EST
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A University of Kentucky student had a frustrating experience when her car was vandalized while parked legally in a handicapped spot. She took to Twitter to share her message in a tweet that ended up going viral across the world.

Lexi Baskin, a pharmacy student at UK, said she discovered her car covered in colored printed signs saying "shame on you", "not handicap, just lazy", and many more.

"There was a letter from whoever wrote it, which was in the tweet. It said basically that I was a horrible person for taking someone's parking spot even though I looked fine", says Lexi Baskin, UK pharmacy student.

Lexi goes onto explains that last summer doctors discovered a tumor in her brain stem, which has since been removed, but she is still undergoing radiation treatment. She says the radiation treatment makes her dizzy and fatigued at time, which is why Lexi got a handicap placard for her vehicle. After seeing her car vandalized, Lexi says she quickly took her frustration to Twitter to share her story, but little did she know it would be retweeted nearly 50,000 times and have more than 100,000 likes.

Lexi Baskin stated, "It kind of breaks my heart because of the fact that there are so many people that are being like 'oh my gosh I went through the same thing' or like have messaged me on Facebook and said 'I went through this' and they share their story with me. That's why I want this to get out there to make people aware that just because you can't see something, doesn't mean people aren't going through it."

After seeing Lexi's tweet the University of Kentucky's administration put out a statement saying, "This unfortunate action was that of a rogue individual unaffiliated with Transportation Services or our police department. UK is a community of belonging for everyone, regardless of identity or perspective, and part of that means ensuring everyone is treated with respect and dignity."

University of Kentucky Police are still looking into the situation and Lexi explains she isn't mad at whoever vandalized her vehicle, but instead praying that they see her message and be more open-minded next time instead of making assumptions.