Freshman student Andi Moritz is a supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, but her fellow peers at Bryn Mawr College were not accepting of this fact. To put it modestly, students at the all-women’s university were so against Moritz’s political affiliation and opinion, that they bullied and harassed her to the point of dropping out.
Earlier in September at the Pennsylvania school, Moritz posted on the university’s Facebook page asking if anyone wanted to accompany her to campaign for Trump at a Saturday event. Moritz wanted another girl to tag along to ensure her safety, since she was carpooling with a man she didn’t know very well.
Soon enough, her simple inquisitive post turned into a political battlefield, as fellow students began shaming and ridiculing Moritz for supporting the Republican candidate. The hostility of the comments were unfathomable. One comment read: “Nobody has the right to an opinion of bigotry. 0 tolerance for fascists!” And another read: “Why y’all doing this free labor for white supremacists tho.”
The harassment continued and finally reached a breaking point when a close friend came to her dorm and full-on disparaged Moritz. The friend accused Moritz of having “personally attacked” other students by expressing support for Trump. Moritz then sought out a school counselor after she hit a low point; the counselor was not much help.
“She basically defended the people who had said mean things to me,” she told Philadelphia media sources. The situation came to a peak when Moritz relied on calling a suicide hotline for support. Moritz dropped out a few days later, which she says the dean of the university was “relieved” about.
Moritz now works at an animal shelter, and is considering her options about attending a new school.
Another student vilified at the university was student Anna Gargiulo, who wrote the initial article about Moritz’s story. Gargiulo herself voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but student retaliation against her for simply writing about Moritz’s situation was disturbing. Gargiulo claims:
“It was me speaking up about an event that honestly shouldn’t have happened on a college campus like Bryn Mawr. It just makes me scared in terms of where we’re headed if the youth in this country can’t understand how to respectfully disagree.”
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