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Dallas official interviews lesbian employee following media report

There’s no reason to believe that an arson last month on the Lincoln High School campus was an anti-gay hate crime, according to the lead investigator in the case.

“I’m looking into it, but at this point there’s absolutely nothing that would draw us in that direction,” Capt. James Brown of the Dallas Fire Department said Wednesday, Feb. 6. “Motive wise, I don’t have one.”

The fire in the early morning hours of Jan. 14 caused about $1 million in damage to the old Lincoln High School building in the 5000 block of Malcolm X Boulevard On Feb. 1, Dallas Voice reported that the fire started near the desk of openly gay Dallas Independent School District employee Kristine Vowels.

Vowels, who made waves in the district last year when she formed a committee to address LGBT issues, works in the grant-writing department that was housed in the building.

Brown said he interviewed Vowels this week in response to the Dallas Voice report.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 8, 2008 tokarevsoundopencart seo cms