Sunday, May 04, 2008

List XXI: Remember Kent State (May 4, 1970)

Jeffrey Miller was shot in the head 270 feet from the National Guard in an access road leading into the Prentice Hall parking lot. In 1979, the State of Ohio gave Miller's family $15,000 for his death.

Allison Krause was shot through the arm and chest 330 feet from the National Guard as she tried to duck behind a car in the Prentice Hall parking lot. In 1979, the State of Ohio gave Krause's family $15,000 for her death.

William Schroeder was shot in the back 390 feet from the National Guard. In 1979, the State of Ohio gave Schroeder's family $15,000 for his death.

Sandra Scheuer was shot in the neck 390 feet from the National Guard in the Prentice Hall parking lot, as she was on her way to submit a paper for her Speech class. In 1979, the State of Ohio gave Scheuer's family $15,000 for her death.

In September 1970, President Nixon's Commission on Campus Unrest concluded that the "indiscriminate firing" by National Guardsmen was "unnecessary, unwarranted and inexcusable." The Commission declared: "Police and National Guardsmen who needlessly shoot or assault students are criminals. All who applaud these criminal acts share in their evil."

2 Comments:

Blogger Susan said...

Aloha Shimmy-also worth remembering that protests were against the US "incursion" into Cambodia. U Sam Oeur, the wonderful Cambodian poet, is invited to read at Kent State every year at this time.

1:33 PM  
Blogger moses phelps said...

at kent state, many moons ago, i remember participating in "May 4th" vigils, sitting in the roped off area where Jeffrey Miller was killed, sitting there silent beneath the chilly sky, experiencing the eerie presence of being in the EXACT SPOT where he left this mortal coil/ i also remember walking along the front campus with solemn candles while drunken frat boys raced by in cars, shouting: "they should have shot more!"

9:52 PM  

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