Survivors of the
Massacre, that took place on May 4, 42 years ago, want a new investigation as to who may have ordered the attack. During that protest nine students were wounded and four killed. It only seems fitting that those responsible for this crime be held accountable for their actions. Nothing was done and no one was prosecuted when the event took place. Government lawyers went after former members of the Symbionese Liberation Army for an accidental death at a bank robbery which was 30 years ago, even though many of these people had already served long sentences for being in that group before. If our right-wing government is not willing to forget the past, why should people on the left have to. There were plenty of needless deaths in the 1970s and it is only fitting that conservative people be held accountable for their actions. សតិវ អតុ Kent State
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In this excerpt from I Am Pol Pot, by Steve Otto, 2008, a fictional autobiography, a simulated news article gives an account of one of the first reports on the
Massacre; Kent State
May 11, 1970
’s youth: War on war” America
Campus violence has erupted since President Richard Nixon decided to send thousands of troops across the border into
. Nearly 2,000 students have called for immediate “provisional” strikes, across the country. One of the worst cases of violence was in Cambodia last week. Ohio
At first there was a carnival like atmosphere as students were drinking beer and dancing. Some students began using gasoline to light fires. Governor James Rhodes arrived. Without consulting the president of the college, Robert White, he began dispensing National Guard troops throughout the campus. There were about 500 in an hour.
Rhodes said the campus trouble makers were worse than “brown-shirts, communists and vigilantes.”
He announced that he had banned all demonstrations, but he students hollered “This is our campus.”
To that the students yelled back “Pigs of Campus! We don’t want your war”
At first tear gas was fired into the crowd, then the guards started running out and getting nervous. Facing rock throwing students, the guards retreated, but many held their guns, M-16 riffles, on the crowd. The guards opened fire and many students thought they were blanks at first.
“My God, this is for real,” a student shouted as she realized the bullets were chipping things around her.
Students began to run for cover.
“My God, they’re killing us,” one terrified girl said. A river of blood flowed from the head of one boy, while another tried to stop the profuse bleeding of another boy’s stomach. When the shooting stopped, four young people, none of whom were radicals for even protest leaders, were dead. Ten students were wounded….