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Bridgewater State Students Rally For Attack Victim

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Bridgewater State University students listen to a speaker at Tuesday's rally. (Photo by Ben Parker)

Bridgewater State University students listen to a speaker at Tuesday’s rally. (Photo by Ben Parker)

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BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – Hundreds of Bridgewater State University students staged an on-campus rally in support of a student journalist Tuesday afternoon.

“I know there is hate and ignorance in the world, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it, ” said Kayla Cummings, one of the organizers.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports

Destinie Mogg-Barkalow claims she was punched in the face by a woman last Thursday over a student newspaper editorial she wrote in support of same-sex marriage.

In her piece, she called people in favor of the overturned gay marriage ban in California, “intolerant and bigoted.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

Mogg-Barkalow, who is a lesbian, was at the rally but didn’t speak.

Her father, a professor at Bridgewater State, said she is grateful for the support.

“We will not accept that kind of behavior here, ” said university President Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria. “We will find them, and let them know they do not belong here.”

Sketches of the man and woman who attacked her were released Monday, but there have been no arrests.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

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