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Kent State Massacre

Allison Krause was a nineteen year old honor student at Kent State. She was quiet and almond eyed. She was known to the people around her as a listener and not a talker. She and her boyfriend, Barry Levine, were among the innocent spectators caught in the shootings on that dreadful day. Allison was known for putting a flower into a guardsman’s rifle and saying. “Flowers are better than bullets, Is dessent a crime?” Allison was 350ft. away from the guardsmen that were firing upon the students. She was shot in her arm and through her chest. (Canfora p.1-3)

William K. Schroeder was a nineteen-year-old psychology major from Loraine, Ohio. He was the second ranking student in Kent State’s chapter of Army ROTC. He was said to be very angry and upset when the ROTC building had been burned down on May 2, 1970. William was not a protestor (like a lot of his classmates.) He was viewed as clean cut and he had a strong academic background. William was merely a spectator at the rally that morning. ( He was 400ft. from the guardsmen who were firing their weapons. He was shot in the back. (Canfora p.1-3)

Jeffery Miller was a twenty year old transfer student from Michigan State. He did not like the idea of fraternity life and found it as “adolescent nonsense.” Jeffery was not an active militant activist either. He looked like “the typical hippie.” He had long hair, wore bell-bottoms, and listened to rock music. Jeffery was a major in psychology. Jeffery was 275ft. away from the guardsmen who were firing their weapons. He was shot through his head. (Canfora p.1-3)

Sandy Scheuer was a twenty year old junior from Youngstown, Ohio. She was seen as a bubbly girl and was an honor student. She was also seen to be too gregarious and full of laughter to take that much interest in politics or protest. Sandy was walking to a class in speech therapy (her major) when she was caught in the guardsmen fire. She was nearly 400ft. away from the guns. She was shot through the throat. (Canfora p.1-3)

Politics played a large role in the events that occurred on May 4, 1970. A number of military and political...

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