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Ok, so my stepson has an apartment in a big complex jammed full of college students and twentysomethings. It is a pretty nice complex, brand new, and full of rules. And there seem to be a lot of rules that didn't exist when I was young.

Here's the story as I understand it. The boy and another resident of the complex had a conflict. Words were exchanged. The boy called the other kid a "faggot"

Turns out the other kid is, in fact, homosexual. And Champaign has some sort of hate crime law, which I'm in the process of looking into. He called the police. Who talked to my stepson, and counseled him as to the error of his ways. And the apartment complex management told him they probably should just throw him out, but let him off with a stern warning, a written report in his "file" and a hundred dollar fine.

I don't think it is ok to call other people names. I don't know the whole story, and I don't think I'll ever find out who "started it" The boy's eighteen and a grown man, and as far as I'm concerned, this might be a learning experience for him.

Times sure have changed, though.

My thoughts are that the boy needs to keep his mouth shut, focus on his grades and staying out of trouble, and learn that some words aren't socially acceptable. What do you all think?
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