On May 1, 1970, students gathered at Kent State University to protest President Nixon’s expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. Later more violent and lawless students destroyed commercial property in downtown Kent. Governor James Rhodes called in the National Guard after a request for assistance came from the town’s mayor.
Later more violent and lawless students set fire to the Army’s ROTC building.
On Monday, May 4, 1970, a group of guardsmen turned to the right and fired for 13 seconds at the students. Some students were throwing rocks, bottles, and bricks at the guardsmen before the guardsmen fired.
Today, in 2020, some college students still believe that local, city, county, state, and federal law enforcement can not enforce any laws nor order students in any manner while students are on a college campus. Violence on college campuses continues today. Sadly the issue seems not to be of right and wrong, but the political causes involved.
R. Van Conoley ( Coming soon. This website will post an article titled: ” The End Of The U.S.A. ” C-SPAN, usually a fair and balanced media outlet, broadcast a documentary about Kent State. Sadly the documentary was totally one sided. The total focus was on the tragic death of the four students killed. Not one single law enforcement officer, not one single guardsman, nor one publically elected official was interviewed for the documentary. )