The LSU Fraternity, is a fraternity that’s got the nation’s attention today after erecting a deplorable banner at their LSU campus house. With LSU and Kent State rivals on the football field, the banner was meant as a dig toward Kent’s team, but it was inappropriate. It was a reminder of the gruesome slaughtering that took place at that campus over four decades ago, according to Yahoo News on Sept. 18.
The college kids that created the sign weren’t alive at the time the Kent State shootings occurred, but just because it is ancient history to them, doesn’t mean the pain and loss is forgotten. The banner said:
"Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State."
This was a reference to that horrendous day in 1970 when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed college students who were demonstrating their opposition of the war in Vietnam. The LSU campus police notified the fraternity house dwellers that the banner needed to come down. By this time this happened, the picture of the banner was splashed all over the social networks and ultimately the nation’s headlines.
The fraternity obliged with the campus police request and the banner came down without incident. While the fraternity could face disciplinary action from the University, nothing has been handed down in the form of consequences for hanging the banner as of yet.
A new banner in its place apologizes for the original banner saying:
"We would like to apologize to Kent State for our inappropriate sign."
Sadly, this fraternity has a history of hanging banners that are flippant toward horrendous acts resulting in loss of life.
According to KCTV Channel 5 last week here are some of the previous inappropriate banners this fraternity has hung up for all to see, starting with just the weekend before this banner made the headlines:
The previous weekend when LSU played the University of Alabama - Birmingham, the fraternity hung a banner making light of the chemical gas attack in Syria. That banner read, "LSU vs. UAB It's gonna be a gas. Syriasly."
Last year a sign that read: "Like the Batman premiere, we're starting off with a bang!" The sign, referring to the shooting at a Colorado movie theater where 12 people were killed.
In 2011, following the trial of a Florida woman acquitted of murdering her child, there was a sign hung from the fraternity house that read: "The only winner from Florida is Casey Anthony."
Why did it take this incident to make these college kids take down the banner? Since there's an obvious history of horrendous banners, what is the school going to do to make these college kids stop using such hurtful incidents where people had lost their lives?