University of Kentucky student undergoing radiation shamed for using handicapped spot

Posted at 9:18 PM, Nov 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-12 21:18:58-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Vandals plastered signs on a University of Kentucky student’s car last week because they thought she was illegally parking in a handicapped spot.

But pharmacy student Lexi Baskin can legally park in those spots -- she is undergoing radiation treatment for a brain tumor, WKYT reported.

“There are legit handicapped people who need this parking space,” the note read. “We have seen you and your friend come and go and there is nothing handicapped about either of you. Your tag must be borrowed or fake. We will make every effort to see you fined or towed for being such a selfish, terrible person.”

Baskin told WKYT her radiation treatments make her feel fatigued and dizzy at times, which is why she got a handicap placard.

Baskin said she’s not angry about the situation, but she hopes whoever is responsible stops making assumptions.

"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,” Baskin said. “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."

The University of Kentucky Police Department is investigating the situation.