Fayette County

UK employee suspended after using fliers to accuse student of misusing handicapped parking, school says

Lexi Baskin had this, and other images, taped to her car.
Lexi Baskin had this, and other images, taped to her car. Lexi Baskin’s Twitter.

A University of Kentucky employee has been suspended for allegedly vandalizing a student’s vehicle with fliers criticizing her for parking in a campus handicapped spot, a UK spokeswoman said.

Lexi Baskin posted to Twitter on Oct. 26 images of her Jeep covered in multiple papers that shamed her for using a handicapped slot despite appearing healthy.

What the perpetrator — unknown at the time — didn’t realize is that Baskin has cancer and is undergoing radiation treatment, Baskin said in a tweet.

Baskin’s tweet has been retweeted nearly 50,000 times and has been liked more than 100,000 times.

In a Facebook post, Baskin also sent a message to the perpetrator.

“Just because I look fine in the 2 minutes I walk from my car to the building does not mean I am not battling cancer and undergoing radiation treatment. I am not asking for sympathy, but just awareness that everyone is fighting their own battles, whether you know it or not,” she posted.

The school hasn’t released the employee’s name, but the employee has been suspended pending further investigation, UK spokeswoman Kathy Johnson said. No criminal charges were filed, according to the university. University didn’t say how they identified the employee.

Earlier this week, UK spokesman Jay Blanton released a statement: “The University of Kentucky and Transportation Services deeply regret that a student was subjected to this. ... “It’s important to be clear: 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,” Blanton said in the statement. He said the matter has been referred to campus police and that UK’s Disability Resource Center has contacted the student to offer help.

“We work with hundreds and hundreds of students throughout the school year on these issues to help ensure that everyone on our campus feels a sense of belonging to this community,” Blanton said.

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson