Hundreds march to support student journalist
Last week a Bridgewater State Univeristy student journalist was allegedly attacked because of an opinion article she wrote that supported gay marriage. In response, members of the student body organized a rally they called a "March Against Hate" that, according to police, drew about 300 supporters.
- "Students March Against Hate" became an official event on Facebook the day after the alleged attack on Bridgewater State University student Destinie Mogg-Barkalow. Some faculty cancelled classes and encouraged their classes to attend the rally.
- The rally began at the Moakley Center on east campus and was led by event organizers Diana Ramos and Kayla Cummings. The group marched through campus and was heard chanting from the stairs of Boyden before they were seen.
- Bridgewater State President Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria marched with the group across the lawn in front of Boyden. Mohler-Faria asked his cabinet to join at the podium when he made his opening remarks.
- Representatives from several university organizations spoke at the rally. Dr. Jordon Barkalow, Mogg-Barkalow's father, spoke on behalf of his family.
- Many local media outlets covered the rally, including WBZ, Channel 7 news and NECN. Channel 25 and Channel 5 helicopters circled the campus.
- Students and faculty who were unable to attend the rally tweeted during the event to show support.
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