An LSU fraternity “massacre” banner has landed some of the Delta Kappa Epsilon lads in hot water this week following its controversial remarks. According to KSLA News this Tuesday, Sept. 17, the students may face serious trouble after showing a banner that mocks the Kent State University massacre of 1970.
The LSU fraternity banner that has been called “offensive” and “outright” rude was hung from one of the Delta Kappa Epsilon’s houses, reading, “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State.”
However, following the controversial banner making news headlines, the lads did write an informal apology to KSU (adding another banner to its window as well), admitting that the statement was a “poor attempt at past humor.” Other students have said that the fraternity is well-known for its possibly offensive banners, and this massacre statement isn’t the first time the boys are in hot water.
Just last weekend when LSU was playing against the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the frats seemingly made a pun on the chemical toxic gas attack that occurred in Syria. The banner at the time was saying, "LSU vs. UAB It's gonna be a gas. Syriasly."
Another sign just in 2012 also sparked some controversial and very heated debated debate among the LSU fraternity and outsiders. "Like the Batman premiere, we're starting off with a bang!" The sign itself was seemingly referring to the Colorado movie shooting at the Batman premiere, which resulted in 12 people being killed.
University officials had this to say this week in a formal statement about potential punishment against the lads:
"LSU certainly does not condone this insensitive behavior and poor judgment by the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. LSU officials have spoken with the fraternity and believe that the students now understand the gravity of their actions. The students have issued a formal apology to Kent State University. LSU is also working with local and national DKE leaders in an effort to prevent this type of behavior in the future."