It was 42 years ago today where four students and many others wounded by being shot for protesting the Vietnam war.
It was May 4th, 1970, and students at Kent State organized a student protest against the Vietnam war. The National Guard(About 77 troops to be exact) was called in to control the protesters, but instead the National Guard decided to open fire and in result ended up shooting and killing four students.
The rally was scheduled at noon; the college administration tried ending the protest by handing out over 12,000 pamphlets claiming that the vent was canceled. However, about 2000 students still attended the event.
At about 12:24 pm, Sgt. Myron Pryor grabbed his pistol and began firing at the students. The other troops, about 29 of them, began firing their riffles. It is estimated that the shooting lasted about 13 seconds and that 67 rounds were fired.
Because of the troops' actions, four students were killed and 10 other people were wounded.
Here are their names:
Killed: (Linked to their Wikipedia page)
- Jeffrey Glenn Miller; age 20; shot through the mouth; killed instantly
- Allison B. Krause; age 19; t atal left chest wound; died later that day
- William Knox Schroeder; age 19; fatal chest wound; died almost an hour later in a hospital while undergoing surgery
- Sandra Lee Scheuer; age 20; fatal neck wound; died a few minutes later from loss of blood
- Joseph Lewis Jr. ; hit twice in the right abdomen and left lower leg
- John R. Cleary; upper left chest wound
- Thomas Mark Grace; struck in left ankle
- Alan Michael Canfora; ;hit in his right wrist
- Dean R. Kahler; back wound fracturing the vertebrae, permanently paralyzed from the chest down
- Douglas Alan Wrentmore; hit in his right knee
- James Dennis Russellhit; in his right thigh from a bullet and in the right forehead by birdshot, both wounds minor
- Robert Follis Stamps; hit in his right buttock
- Donald Scott MacKenzie ; neck wound
What this all means?
Students need to become more active and stand up for what they believe in. We now live in a time where students are put last and are over criminalized by the system. Our politicians refuse to protect students from banking scams and may this date (May 4th, 1970) remind you that the justice system fails to protect students when they are unlawfully killed or detained.
We, the youth and the future, will no longer be intimidated into tolerating an unjust and unfair system that criminalizes and disbands youth for standing up for justice and overall, a better world.