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Kent State Massacre

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Rachael Totz

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Transcript of Kent State Massacre

May 4, 1970
Why did they fire at the students?
Kent, Ohio at Kent State University
When was the Kent State Massacre?
Where was the Kent State Massacre
Why did the National Guard Come?
The National Guard was called to Kent State University to break up at anti-war rally.

The students were protesting President Richard Nixon’s decision to invade Cambodia
Monday, May 4, 1970
Vol XII, No. 11
What is the Kent State Massacre?
4 College Students were shot and killed
The National Guard came to break up a rally at the Commons of the University
Kent State Massacre
Four students shot to death
Allison B. Krause
Jeffrey G. Miller
William K. Schroeder
Sandra L. Scheuer
Eight wounded
"This should remind us all once again that when dissent turns to violence it invites tragedy. It is my hope that this tragic and unfortunate incident will strengthen the determination of all the nation's campuses, administrators, faculty and students alike to stand firmly for the right which exists in this country of peaceful dissent and just as strong against the resort to violence as a means of such expression."
-Richard Nixon
Guardsman claimed they fired because "they were in fear of their lives"; they said that the protesters advanced on them in a threatening way that warranted shooting
Triggered a nationwide student strike of 4 million people which led to 100's of schools and colleges having to close

Kent State University was closed for the rest of the semester

100,000 people traveled to D.C. the following weekend to protest the troops being sent to Cambodia

The FBI investigated the shootings in 1970 and uncovered that the guard was not in danger and they "fabricated their defense














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