Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Questions about Kent State
A few weeks ago we read an article about the Kent State tragedy. Four students were killed and 9 were injured. In the article, "Tragedy at Kent State", it says that the troops were outnumbered and out of tear gas. It also said that they "acted without specific order but did have discretionary authority to return fire." The article said that some believed the troops were responding to sniper fire, but there was no evidence of a sniper ever found.
Why do you think the troops fired into the crowd then? What was their reasoning? Were they scared and just acting on impulse?
Claire M. - 5th Hour
Website devoted to pics and documents from Kent State: http://speccoll.library.kent.edu/4may70/may4cont.html
Kent State's Online Exhibit: http://speccoll.library.kent.edu/4may70/exhibit/index.html