Four Dead in Ohio General Canterbury ordered his men to lock and load their weapons, and to fire tear gas into the crowd. The students may have believed that they were right in continuing their mass protest in response to the Cambodian invasion, even though this protest followed the posting and reading by the university of an order to ban rallies and an order to disperse… Some of the Guardsmen on Blanket Hill, fearful and anxious from prior events, may have believed in their own minds that their lives were in danger. He presents a harsh analysis of the handling of the trial by Judge Donald Young. What did the troops who did the actual firing think? We hope that the agreement to end the litigation will help to assuage the tragic memories regarding that sad day. This short account gives a true pictue of what happened. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent. Kent State University was placed into the international spotlight on May 4, 1970, after 13 students were shot by members of the Ohio National Guard at a student demonstration.
However, on April 30, 1970, President Nixon authorized U. This is a rather sketchy book written with a strongly held viewpoint that the Guardsmen committed murder. Later estimates concluded that 4 million students joined protests across the country, and a protest in Washington, D. Controversially, the president made his decision without notifying his Secretary of State William Rogers or Defense Secretary Melvin Laird. She returned to Kent State University again for the 36th commemoration in May 2006 and for the 37th commemoration in May 2007. The first rally was held at the base of Blanket Hill near the Victory Bell, a bronze locomotive bell in brick and sandstone housing that was traditionally rung to celebrate sports victories. Events are also held at the May 4 Visitors Center, which was opened in 2013.
As firefighters sought to contain the blaze, demonstrators pulled at and slashed fire hoses. To learn more about the events at Kent State University, visit The May 4 Visitors Center. Burying the Constitution at the Victory Bell at Kent State Courtesy of 1970 Valley News-Dispatch. The closest student was Jeffrey Miller, who was shot in the mouth while standing in an access road leading into the Prentice Hall parking lot, a distance of approximately 270 feet from the Guard. Kent State shootings An injured student lying where he was shot by Ohio National Guardsmen, who look on, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, May 4, 1970. In March 1968, with protests against the Vietnam War growing, U.
That night, in downtown Kent, there were reports of violent clashes between students and local police. Many of the Guardsmen discharged their weapons into the air or at the ground, but a number of them fired into the crowd. Well written and covers all of the important events of the week-end and the Monday, May 4. Several girls began to cry. The shootings of unarmed protesters rattled the nation and inevitably led to hardened feelings and further protests. A few youths in the front of the crowd ran into the parking lot and hurled stones or small chunks of pavement in the direction of the guardsmen.
The protesters refused to disperse and began shouting and throwing rocks at the Guardsmen. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles. Some of the Guardsmen on Blanket Hill, fearful and anxious from prior events, may have believed in their own minds that their lives were in danger. The compensation was accompanied by a statement from the defendants that read in part: In retrospect, the tragedy of May 4, 1970 should not have occurred. Others stood shocked or half crouched, apparently believing the troops were firing into the air. And many of the townspeople of Kent shared the same sentiment. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.
Ohio National Guard Arrives The following day, Saturday, May 2, there were rumors that radicals were making threats against the town of Kent and the university. The most comprehensive bibliography on the shootings is in Bills 1988. The February Full Moon is named after the snow on the ground. You know me, I won't get that involved. The next day, Kent State students held peaceful protests rallies on campus.
Some saw the protestors as a danger. Another group of several hundred students had gathered around the sides of Taylor Hall watching. It eliminated deferments allowed in the prior draft process, affecting many college students and teachers. Now I realize he really loved us. This is a detailed examination of the legal aftermath of the shootings, focusing upon the impact of various legal proceedings on public attitudes about the shootings.
The National Guardsmen hurled tear gas into the crowd and chased the people who fled. District Court Judge Frank J. When protestors interfered with the ability of the firemen to fight the fire, the National Guard used tear gas and arrested protestors. From everything I knew first-hand, this book was very precise, accurate, and concise. Several Guardsmen could be seen huddling together, and some Guardsmen knelt and pointed their guns, but no weapons were shot at this time. John Paul Filo's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the incident is considered one of the historically most significant images of the era.