WATCH: Campus Reform correspondent bullied for political views speaks out
Students publicly and privately insulted her political views.
Students also insinuated physical violence if she stepped foot on campus.
Lela Gallery, a Campus Reform correspondent from Mount Holyoke College, is facing harassment after posting an image about political unity on her Instagram story.
Campus Reform correspondent Lela Gallery, who attends Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, is facing harassment, threats, and bullying as a result of her political leanings.
Following the first presidential debate on September 29, Gallery shared an image on her Instagram story, which emphasized the importance of civil discourse regardless of political views.
"If you are my friend and you support Trump, you are my friend. If you are my friend and you support Biden, you are my friend. If you feel the need to degrade those who feel differently than you, maybe we are not friends," Gallery wrote.
Gallery later explained, “I didn’t think it was that controversial since it was telling people that it’s not cool to demonize people for their political beliefs...Boy was I wrong.” Gallery woke up the next morning with a handful of negative responses.
Several of Gallery’s classmates privately messaged her. She responded with the words of French philosopher Voltaire: “I may not agree with a thing you’re saying, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
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