Tuesday, May 4, 2010

40 years ago today

40 years ago today, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder lost their lives at Kent State.  9 others were wounded.  There's a really informative podcast on the shooting here.  Only 2 of the 4 victims were protesters - the other two were just bystanders walking to class.  The closest victim to the shooters (Miller) was 265 feet away, which if you think of a football field, that's just over 88 yards.  None were armed.  The day before the massacre Governor Rhodes proclaimed that the protesters were "the worst type of people that we harbor in America". He now has a building named after him in downtown Columbus.  I'm not often ashamed to be from the Buckeye state, but today is one day when I really and truly am.  God rest their souls.