By Diane Silver
A red block carrying the message "fag" was thrown through the window of the Lakeway Hotel sometime before 5 this morning. A second block with the message "get the fuck out of town" was found outside of the building where it apparently bounced after failing to hit a window.
The messages were inked onto both blocks with what appears to be marker.
I just got off the phone (at 1:30 p.m. CST) with J.R. Knight one of the owners of the hotel, which has been in the news for flying a rainbow flag. J.R. and his wife Robin originally flew the flag as a celebration of summer and their 12-year-old son who bought if for them. However, some folks in the town of 1,600 have been upset because the flag is a symbol of gay rights. Earlier someone in town cut the flag off the pole.
J.R. told me that he was awakened around 5 a.m. by a sheriff's deputy who told him that one of the windows of his hotel had been broken. This is when the blocks and their threatening messages were discovered.
The threats come as the Lakeway prepares to host a meeting Sunday of the Southwest Kansas Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition, the state's largest gay rights group.
"My wife is a wreck," J.R. told me. "I have some customers who are not happy and are crying. I'm just glad that my son is safe."
The Knight's 12-year-old is visiting his grandparents in California.
"I'm concerned that they might poison my dog so we keep him close," J.R. said. "It's hard. I miss my son a lot. Thank God he's not here."