Going to a university doesn’t mean one has a whole lot of sensitivity, Louisiana State University’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity hung a banner over the weekend telling the school’s opposing football team and fans that “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State,” according to a Huffington Post report on Monday.
Rather than the fact that LSU defeated Kent State in a football game over the weekend, the headlines are about the banner hung on Dalrymple Drive in Baton Rouge by the fraternity. Of course, the slam on Kent State referenced the horrendous 1970 shooting at that school which involved unarmed Viet Nam protesters being gunned down by the Ohio National Guard – an incident which left four persons dead and nine others injured.
In reaction to the fraternity’s banner last weekend, Eric Mansfield – the spokesman for Kent State – said that May 4, 1970 was a watershed moment for the country and especially for the Kent State family, and he stated that Kent State takes offense to the actions of a few people who created the inappropriate sign and distracted from the athletic contest on the field. He also invited the persons who created the sign to visit Kent State’s new Visitor Center to learn more about the event which forever changed Kent State and America.
When the LSU Police were made aware of the sign, they asked the fraternity to take it down – and it was done so. Reportedly, new LSU System President and Chancellor F. King Alexander saw the banner and said the fraternity could face disciplinary action from the university for the sign.
In the past, the fraternity has hung signs referring to the chemical weapons in Syria and the Aurora theater shootings.
The fraternity has reportedly apologized for last weekend’s banner referencing the killings at Kent State which occurred 43 years ago.