KENT, Ohio — Kent State University officials are speaking out after an LSU fraternity displayed a sign mocking the 1970 massacre at the school.
Eric Mansfield, Executive Director of University Media Relations, released the following statement Sunday:
“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. ”
Even some LSU fans were calling for a penalty due to the inappropriate display of team spirit.
“I love my Tigers, but this is inappropriate,” a viewer said after submitting a picture to the NBC33 newsroom.
The sign reads, “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent St.” It was hanging over the entrance to the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, which is located on West Lakeshore Drive.
The sign is referencing the 1970 incident when troops with the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a group of roughly 2,000 student protestors. At least nine were wounded and four were killed.
The event was considered a national tragedy and after the event, millions of students across the nation refused to return to their own college campus as a sign of protest.
The viewer who submitted the picture believes the sign is mocking the tragedy and believes it’s insensitive and inappropriate.
However, posting shocking messages on game day is nothing new for the fraternity. In 2012, a sign over the door read, “Like the Batman movie premiere, we’re starting off this season with a bang!”
By Samantha Morgan
(FOX 8 contributed to this report.)