College Student Assaulted Over Gay Marriage Editorial

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – A college student says someone attacked her on campus because she expressed her support for gay marriage.

Destinie Mogg-Barkalow is an opinion editor for Bridgewater State University’s student newspaper, The Comment. Thursday’s paper featured a piece she wrote under the headline, “Prop 8 generates more hate.”

That night as she walked through campus, a man and woman who looked like students stopped her. “The male student asked questions. ‘Do you write for The Comment?’ She said, ‘yes’. ‘Did you write this piece?’ ‘Yes,'” explains her father, Jordan Barkalow, who’s an assistant professor.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

Then he says it got violent. “She was hit on the side of the head with a punch.”

The university’s Vice President says police are now going through student pictures to see if anyone matches the description. “She was assaulted because of her opinion, and we will not tolerate any assault that relates to someone on this campus expressing their opinion,” says Frederick Clark.

Students have organized a rally to support Mogg-Barkalow next Tuesday.

“I’m shocked,” says the father. “Issues like this come up regularly in my classes. I would not have expected anything like this, particularly a violent outburst.”

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  • art

    don’t believe her… i think it a set up..

    • Edward Ellis

      What makes you think it’s a set-up ?

      • Nick

        He hates gays. How else can the overwhelming tide of support for gay marriage among young people happen?

  • Willow

    I’m not a proponent of gay marriage either, but that’s my view, and I would never assault or disrespect someone whose opinion differs from mine. I hope they find the person who did this to this young lady. This is America and people have a right to voice their opinions, even on a controversial issue as this one.

    • D

      While I do not agree with your position on gay marriage- can I just say thank you! There is something wrong in this country when people can’t have civil dialogue about an issue without throwing around ad hominems or physically attacking another.

  • Bob

    It is a disgrace what has happened to Destinie Mogg-Barkalow because of what right-wing religious institutions have taught this criminal and others: BIGOTRY!!

    • Dante

      Responding with bigotry, how ironical of you.

      • George Bush

        You dont know what bigoty is, and “ironical”?

      • Dante

        Georgie, Are you sure you’re old enough to be on a big person we site. Get a dictionary and look up two words. Then hide your hollow head in shame..

  • Christine

    There is absolutely NO excuse for that kind of behavior. They are supposed to be educated individuals, there to better themselves, to be a benefit to the community and their own families. How disgusting!! I hope that they find out exactly who they were, and not only punish them to the full extent of the law, but kick their sorry butts out of the school, which will result , at this point in time, in them getting stuck with whatever loans they took out and those can be a reminder to them always that they are paying the price for their ignorance!!! I hope no other colleges accept them either because it will be on their record that they were kicked out for that reason.

  • Bob

    Inaccurate information spewed by the Religious Conservative right-wing needs to be challenged always to help prevent assault on students and everyone. Here is one learning tool that should be read by everyone, especially CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS LEADERS. It is a letter I wrote concerning the illegal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy.” DISCRIMINATION IS WRONG, SHAMEFUL, IMMORAL, AND UNGODLY.
    by Bob on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 10:45pm ·

    Dear President Obama, Secretary Gates, Military Commanders, and all Military Personnel of the United States Armed Forces:

    Thank you for your service. You are lucky that I or anybody else can thank you because you have not had immoral obstacles placed in front of you because you happened to be born with a heterosexual orientation. Other people, about 10% of the population happen to be born with a different orientation. What right does any POLITICAL POWER have to EXCLUDE ANYBODY because of religious discrimination? That’s what it is when you get down to the basic argument. Nobody has the right to discriminate, It is against the law of our land. I ask all to remember the horrors and death of the Holocaust and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King where many people were hurt and died because of being different. Hate caused both these tragedies in American History and it still goes on today on a smaller scale, unfortunately. I ask this discriminatory Policy put into place because of hate BE REPEALED IMMEDIATELY. Our children are fighting on the ground now as you read this and dying. Can you tell which dead ones are heterosexual or gay? They are ALL working very hard and dangerously serving to keep us safe in America. It is immoral, UNGODLY, and against the Constitution of the United States to deny anyone equal treatment because of their religious views. In closing, I would like to state that GAY SOLDIERS ARE JUST AS TOUGH AS STRAIGHT SOLDIERS and it is time to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell just as many other countries are very proud having both their Gay and Straight Military Personnel serving Honorably. It is now time for the United States Military to MAN UP and do what is right, repeal that discriminatory and shameful policy NOW please. One of the CORE Values in the US Military is RESPECT and I ask President Obama and the Commanders of our Military to practice now what you are suppose to be instilling into ALL our wonderful people IN THE Armed Forces, RESPECT.I thank all of you and support you and DEMAND as a citizen of the United States, follow the Law and Abide by the US Constitution and follow the Law without religious pressure. Sincerely, Bob

  • Ron

    I don’t believe this for a minute. Sounds like another h”Hate crime” hoax that has become so common lately.

  • Anonymous Coward Smart Ass

    >”She was assaulted because of her opinion, and we will not tolerate any assault that relates to someone on this campus expressing their opinion”
    What kind of assaults do they tolerate then?

  • sigh

    i think you are all letting this seed of a situation blossom into chaos. not to attack the person instead of the issue (normally something i don’t consider), but if you have ever held a conversation with Destinie you will see that she is self-centered and looks for this kind of trouble frequently. she has a history of drawing attention through scandal and this time its tarnishing a name of a community no one would expect this from. if you asked her a series of questions and then asked her again, i will bet 100% of the time that her story will shift. If they had put her on camera, you would have seen no marks and a shaky story. not to belittle the hate crimes issue, i think we should seriously, as people who believe in voicing our opinion, as people who believe in justice, and as people who want this issue to be a thing of the past, look at this case critically,.

  • D Arsenault

    WHAT is wrong with people today??? IMHO….everyone is missing the bigger picture here on the subject…the subject isn’t gay marriage…get a clue. The subject is that a right guaranteed by amendment (freedom of speech) has been assaulted!!! If she has been assaulted because of her PUBLICLY STATED view as a journalist of a college newspaper then it is a hideous crime because after all people complain about what they hear being censored or not covered at all??? I’m sorry but if a college student can’t write an opinion without fear of assault…how long until a news reporter refuses to do a story because of the fear of being assaulted???…wake up folks and start seeing the bigger picture…. Today a college student, tomorrow a ‘major’ journalist/reporter…then what your elected officials??? People need to start expressing their opinions publically more often When we as a society “look the other way” to this sort of thing because a horrible act is justified by ignorance of right and wrong??? What does that ultimately say about our society as a whole??? Maybe people should learn to express their opinions more..instead of acting upon them…

  • BSUTheComment

    To read Destinie Mogg-Barkalow article and view updates as the story progresses, visit Bridgewater State University The Comment Newspaper website.

  • Samian

    Do opponents of gay marriage still exist in the Bay State?

  • Thomas

    I cannot believe the assault is just based on one article.

    Was she writing other articles and went a bit too far?

  • BSU student says she was punched over pro-gay marriage piece – Enterprise News | Down Town Bride

    […] CBS Local […]

  • BSUTheComment

    For an updated story and a look at composite sketches of the perpetrators and to read more of Destinies articles, Visit

  • Lisa M

    Any new info on this hoax?

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