Saturday, May 04, 2013

Once Upon a Time in America (5.4.13)

On a more somber note....

On this day in American history in 1970, 4 students at Kent State University were killed by members of the Ohio National Guard.

A group of students had gathered at the university in Kent, Ohio that day to protest against President Nixon's invasion of Cambodia. These protests had been held on the campus since Friday May 1.

Ohio Governor James Rhodes had ordered the National Guard to the campus to keep the protests from becoming violent.

That morning, a Monday, nearly 2000 students gathered and began protesting while the National Guard troops moved into to disperse the students. First they tried tear gas but were unsuccessful because the wind blew the gas away from the crowds.

Just before 12:30 p.m. one of the troops, a Sgt. Myron Pryor began shooting at the crowds with his .45 pistol after which several troops began firing with their rifles.

According to the reports, the shooting lasted about 13 seconds.

When it was all over, 4 students were dead and 9 were wounded, including one that was paralyzed for life. The 4 killed were Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller (who were actually involved in the protests themselves) and Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder (who were just walking from one class to another and were not involved in the protest at all).

It is sad to think that in this country, young people can be killed because they disagreed with the administration's policies.

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