Mass. student attacked for supporting gay rights

Feb 18, 2012, 7:36 PM

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) – Authorities are trying to identify two people who attacked a writer for the student-run newspaper at Massachusetts’ largest state university because of an opinion piece she wrote in support of same-sex marriage.

Bridgewater State University spokesman Bryan Baldwin said on Saturday that the assailants approached Destinie Mogg-Barkalow on campus. The man questioned her about the article titled “Prop 8 generates more hate” before the woman accompanying him punched the victim, leaving her with a bruised eye Thursday evening.

No one has been arrested and authorities are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

University President Dana Mohler-Faria sent an email to the entire school condemning the attack and reminding everyone authorities will not tolerate actions that impede or curtail the rights of members of the campus community to express themselves freely.

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