Target: Bridgewater State University
Goal: To help Bridgewater State University to prevent future incidents like Destinie’s unfortunate physical assault due to her writing a pro-gay marriage article for her school newspaper
Destinie Mogg-Barkalow, a student at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, was attacked by another student for writing a pro-gay marriage article for the school newspaper. This unfortunate young woman was physically assaulted for standing up for her beliefs, for taking a stand and being proud of her strength, and what did she receive in return? Hatred. Such strong, violent feelings against other people are not healthy nor are they productive in getting those individuals what they want. People such as this must understand that their actions only cause people to fight even harder for what they truly believe in.
In Bridgewater’s campus parking lot right after 6 p.m., Mogg-Barklalow was approached by both a man and a woman. The duo questioned Destinie, inquiring as to whether or not she wrote for the newspaper and if she was the one who wrote the gay marriage article. Destinie of course responded yes, which caused the woman who approached her to promptly punch her in the face. This poor student was utterly shocked by what had just happened and proceeded to walk back to the office she had just come from where staff members quickly called for help. School staff have made sure to voice their anger for this situation even taking place, and ensure that students understand that the university does not tolerate this behavior from anyone. This is a good start, certainly, but is not unfortunately not enough to protect their students from future incidents such as this one.
Bridgewater should follow through with their feelings towards how vile this crime was and promote understanding and tolerance from their students. There are many beneficial actions that can be taken, and many can be incorporated right into most classrooms. Tolerance is an easy topic to discuss with students and professors can help students who aren’t as accepting to understand their feelings and overcome them without harming another student.
Dear Bridgewater State University,
Your poor student Destinie Mogg-Barkalow suffered a great misfortune at the hands of a violent, close-minded, confused, and judgmental person that made an impulsive, hateful mistake. It is wonderful to hear that your staff has ensured the campus understands that Bridgewater does not tolerate this behavior, but unfortunately, more must be done out of respect for students such as Destinie and to protect your students from future incidents.
Incorporating discussions about tolerance and close-minded emotions in the classroom is a beneficial way for students to interact and talk about their feelings under the supervision of a professional. Professors could help students understand their qualms about the people they do not understand and hopefully help them to overcome those blocks that cause that pent up hate. This is but one suggestion of something your university can use to prevent students like Destinie from suffering because of what they strongly believe in.
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