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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rally Against Hate Crime -- BSU Tuesday, Feb. 21

The BSU community will be coming together at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a rally against the recent hate crime that took place on the campus. Details of the rally are at:

An AP article from describes the attack and the initial university response:

BRIDGEWATER, Mass.-Authorities are trying to identify two people who attacked a writer for the student-run newspaper at the largest state university in Massachusetts 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 whole school condemning the attack and reminding everyone authorities will not tolerate any actions that impede or curtail the rights of members of the campus community to express themselves freely.

The article that precipitated the attack appeared in The Comment on February 15, and is entitled Prop 8 Generates More Hate

Members of First Parish have signed letters of support to the university president and to the victim of the attack. First Parish members will also be participating in Tuesday's march and rally on the campus.

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