Man Who Erased Homeless Awareness Chalkings Identified!

The Chalk Warrior

Matthew “Boston Strong” Schmidt, Chalk Warrior

The Chalk Warrior doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter who creates the chalkings, be it an activist or a child, you can count on Matthew “Boston Strong” Schmidt to come along with a scowl on his face and destroy the artwork. (All the while claiming that everyone loves what he’s doing.)

Last weekend, he struck again. This time against a peaceful homeless-awareness chalking event on Central Square. Members of the Unitarian Universalist church had come out and traced outlines of their bodies to bring awareness to the 42 deaths of homeless people in New Hampshire in 2014. According to a report by the Keene Sentinel’s Martha Shanahan and Alyssa Dandrea, shortly after the event an unidentified man came out of a local business and attacked the chalkings with a brush and water. Despite being confronted by witnesses who asked him to stop, he continued his destruction.

Homeless Awareness Chalking: Pre-Attack

Homeless Awareness Chalking: Pre-Attack Photo by Susan MacNeil

I reached out to witnesses in the case and showed them a picture and video of local chalk hater Matthew Schmidt in action and they confirmed that yes, it was him. I wasn’t surprised, of course, but I wanted to wait until I’d confirmed it with the witnesses rather than post an article speculating it was him.  So, consider it confirmed.

Does Schmidt hate homeless people?  Does he hate artwork?  Does he hate children?  He sure seems to have plenty of hate, for whatever reason.  I hope someday he finds peace.

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