“Do you have nothing to do this Saturday?” she wrote. “Perhaps you wouldn’t mind campaigning for Trump? I’m headed to Springfield [Mass.] on Saturday to do just that but I’m carpooling with a guy I don’t know.”
“For obvious reasons, I don’t want to go alone, so would anyone be willing to go with me?”
Moritz’s request for help — that a peer go campaigning for Trump with her to defray the risks of carpooling alone with a man she hadn’t met before — wasn’t met on deaf ears. Her post was seen by hundreds of people. But instead of help, Moritz was berated in a public forum, called names, and was on the receiving end of threats.
In an interview with Red Alert, Moritz said she shared screenshots of the harassment to with her school’s administration. In one such screenshot, a fellow student tells Moritz “I promise… you will get your **** rocked… I will personally confront you… and I will never be scared to do that… You better be ready to catch these black ass hands.”
Unfortunately, the school didn’t do anything to help Moritz or ensure her safety.
After the fact, Bryn Mawr College released the following statement: “Ad hominem attacks have no place in these discussions and do nothing to help us learn from or better understand one another. We continue to strive to be a place that both affirms freedom of speech and promotes civil discourse.”
“A threat had been made and the school wasn’t supporting me, so it didn’t make sense to continue giving money to the institution,” she said.
Thus, Mortitz left her school. She says she’s not the only one.
“Other students have reached out to me with similar stories. It seems that the outcome for them is always one of two things: they dropped out or they began to hide their political beliefs.”
“They refuse to see me as anything more than who I voted for,” she said.
Moritz was also quick to note that she didn’t leave Bryn Mawr because she couldn’t handle the push-back. Rather, she left because her school didn’t respond to help.
“I didn’t leave Bryn Mawr because I couldn’t handle criticism, I left because I felt unsupported by the school itself and despised the thought of giving them more money than I had to. It’s important to note that a threat was made.”
Despite the harassment she received from students, Moritz gracefully declined to identify any of her harassers publically, providing only screenshots with names blacked-out. While Red Alert has obtained screenshots of the comments made to Mortiz, she told us:
“There are many great Bryn Mawr students and I don’t want people attacking them.”
Perhaps, Mortiz’s peers could learn a lesson in civility from her.
Moritz has since found a job working at her local animal shelter. “I love it, so I’m going to keep working. I’m happier where I am right now than I’ve been in years.”