Destinie Mogg-Barakalow decided to write an opinion piece on gay marriage and tried to show how “Prop 8 generates more hate.” The editorial was shown in the February 15 edition of Bridgewater State University’s paper The Comment. According to the Huffington Post, Mogg-Barkalow felt Prop 8 supporters are intolerant and bigoted. She would experience the hate and ignorance first hand at her own campus.
Mogg-Barkalow, an assistant editor for the paper’s opinion section and openly gay, was heading towards a parking lot and was approached by a woman and a man. The Patriot Ledger reports Mogg-Barkalow was wearing a Comment sweatshirt and the couple asked if she worked for the paper. When she said yes, the young woman asked the student editor if she wrote the same-sex marriage article. Mogg-Barkalow once again said yes and was punched in the face.
Shocked and stunned, Destinie Mogg-Barkalow decided to go back to The Comment office where other staff members called for help. Mary Polleys, the paper’s editor, said Mogg-Barkalow “seemed in shock and was telling us how it happened. That is when she started crying.” Polleys also pointed out that though there have been strong criticisms about articles on The Comment Facebook page, never has a writer been physically attacked.
Campus police have sketches of the two suspects, thanks to Mogg-Barkalow’s crystal clear descriptions of both, and are looking through student photos to see if they can identify the woman and man. She also told police she does not believe that the assailants knew of her sexual orientation.
The Boston Globe shared an email statement to the Bridgewater State campus community sent from President Dana Mohler-Faria which stated the following:
“Bridgewater State University has zero tolerance for any such actions that impede or curtail the right of the members of our campus community to express themselves freely. We stand together, both in strongly condemning this action and in reaffirming our shared commitment to create a campus community that values and respects all.”
The campus community will come together Tuesday, February 21st for a rally in support of Destinie Mogg-Barklow. Mohler-Faria is scheduled to speak. As of Sunday night, 300 students clicked “attending” on the event’s Facebook page. The march and speaking program will begin at 11:00 am and lasts two hours.
Bravo Bridgewater State on showing that the haters will not win!