Kent State Riots, 1970

May 4, 1970

Kent State Riots Background Facts

The Kent State Riots happened on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University. Twenty eight Ohio National Guardsmen open fired on a group of Kent State students who were protesting the invasion of Cambodia in the Vietnam War. Four people died and nine were injured.

The Ohio National Guard was called to Kent State because protesters there lit the ROTC building on fire. At about 10 pm on May 2, the guards arrived to the ROTC building in flames that was set off by protesters.

Why it Made A Change

The Kent State Riots made a change in the USA because it made the Vietnam War Protests escalate. After the shootings, almost 500 colleges had to be closed or were disturbed due to protests. Also, President Nixon had the soldiers taken out of Cambodia. Eight of the twenty eight guardsmen were indicted due to the shootings, but the charges were dropped.

Students link hands around an injured person.

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Interesting Facts

The four students that were killed were Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer.

William Schroeder and Sandra Scheuer were walking to class when they got shot.

The students that were killed were from 265 and 345 feet away from the guards.

Sources

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Waymarking: I got the picture of The Kent State shootings Memorial.

WKSU News: I got the picture of the national Guard at Kent State.

Kent State University: I got the picture of the students diving for cover.