Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University, my Alma Mater, that occurred on May 4, 1970. This symbolized the turmoil of a nation at odds with the Vietnam War and inspired the Crosby, Still, Nash & Young song “Ohio”
“We want students today to know the facts that we know, we want them to remember,” Carole Barbato said. “But there are greater lessons here, and that is that the rhetoric that incites violence is never the answer.”
Barbato, is a KSU communication studies professor currently, and was a student “back then,” as well as a personal friend of two of the slain students.
The Kent State shootings—also known as the May 4 massacre or Kent State massacre involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
**For the record, even now that I am 50, but NO, I was not a KSU Golden Flash when this incident took place, I was still a Whiteford Elementary School Eagle.