The LSU fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon has offered a formal statement and apology for a cruel and offensive banner hung this week outside their Greek life house. The “massacre” banner read: “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State,” in turn referencing the Kent State shootings of 1970. According to KCTV5.com this Wednesday, Sept. 18, the fraternity hung the message out in preparation for the LSU vs. Kent State game, but it ended up making LSU look like the losers overall.
An LSU fraternity apology has since been issued after images of this massacre-reminding banner went viral on Twitter and Facebook. It has even led spokesman for Kent State, Eric Mansfield, to release a statement on educating others surrounding the 1970 shootings that led to the deaths of four students.
“May 4, 1970 was a watershed moment for the country and especially the Kent State family. We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever. We take offense to the actions of a few people last night who created an inappropriate sign and distracted from the athletic contest on the field. Our new May 4 Visitor Center, which opened less than a year ago, is another way in which Kent State is inviting the country to gain perspective on what happened 43 years ago and apply its meaning to the future. We would invite those who created the sign to visit our campus to visit the May 4 Visitor Center and learn more about the event which forever changed Kent State and America.”
The LSU Police Department was told of the cruel banner earlier this week, who asked the LSU fraternity members to remove it, which they did without question. A new banner as of Sunday was being hung outside their Greek house window in light of potential disciplinary action being taken against the frat and as a form of apology:
"We would like to apologize to Kent State for our inappropriate sign."
The DKE Zeta Zeta chapter also decided to offer a written formal apology to Kent State as well:
“To The Kent State Community, We, the men of Zeta Zeta, formally apologize to your entire community for the banner that was hung from our house this past weekend. The sign was inappropriate and should never have been hung in the first place. We hope that the Kent State community can forgive our action and accept our sincere apologies. We apologize not only to the community of Kent State, but also to those who were personally affected by this tragedy in American history. Hanging the banner was a poor attempt at humor. We, as young college students, did not grasp the full scope of the tragedy and its long lasting effects. This is not how we would like to represent our fraternity as well as our school, and we certainly hope we did not put a negative spin on your school's visit to Louisiana State University.
On behalf of our chapter, Zeta Zeta, we apologize. We hope to host Kent State on our campus again in the near future and to help make your next visit a positive one.
The Men of Zeta Zeta – LSU.”
What is your take on this LSU fraternity issue and their controversial banners, which have sparked some contention in the past?