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  • “Everyone without exception is horror-struck by the tragedy of the last few hours. Unfortunately, no one is able yet to say with certainty what the facts of the situation are.” -Dr. White, Kent State University President
    • What were the key components that lead to the shootings at Kent State on May 4, 1970?
    George Cadkin
  • The United States enters Cambodia
    • On April 30, 1970 President Nixon declared that the United States was to execute an imminent attack against "major enemy sanctuaries on the Cambodian-Vietnam border.”
                                                                                                                                                  
  • Young People Revolt
    • Immediately after this was announced, young people across the country came together and outwardly protested the war
                                                                                                                                                       
  • Students at Kent State Protest the entrance in to Cambodia
    • The protesting started on Saturday May 2, 1970
    • Early in the night the Army Reserve Officers Training corps building was burnt down by the students
  • Kent State Cont.
    • At this point the National Guard were called in
    • Martial Law was declared (law imposed by the military
  • Cont.
    • On Monday May 4, the students were ordered into their dorms
    • The National Guard had to force them into the dorms
    • As the thousands of students walked away the guard chased after them and threw tear gas grenades
  • Cont.
    • The students then became outraged and started saying things like, “Pigs off campus”
    • Students also threw the tear gas back along with rocks
    • It was at this point that the National Guard opened fire on the students
  • Aftermath
    • 4 Students were killed and 9 were injured
    • Survivors of this incident have claimed that the guard were ordered to shoot, while the guard claim they were shooting in self-defense from reported sniper shots from a student
  • &quot;Vietnam Protestors.&quot; www.vietnamwar.com/politicalprotests.htm . 29 Oct 2008 <www.vietnamwar.com/politicalprotests.htm>. &quot;protest and opposition.&quot; casahistoria.net . 28 sep 2008. casa historia. 29 Oct 2008 <www.casahistoria.net/vietnamwar2.htm>. Kifner , John. &quot;4 Kent State students killed by troops.&quot; (1970): 1,17. Works Cited Hanson, David. &quot;&quot;Four Dead in O-hio-O&quot;: The Kent State Massacre.&quot; Virginia Western Community College . 2000. Virginia Western Community College . 29 Oct 2008 <www.vw.vccs.edu/vwhansd/HIS122/KentState.html>.