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Kent State Massacre
Demonte Wesley May 4th, 1970 will always be remembered as the day America killed its children, when a group of student protestors were fired upon. This terrible event took the lives of four students and injured many others. The Kent state massacre was a devastating and tragic event that shook the U.S. on the day of May 4th, 1970.The invasion of Cambodia was one of the things, which lead to the protesting of students, which then lead to the Kent State massacre. President Nixon ordered the Cambodia invasion. He ordered our troops to clear out the North Vietnamese and Vietcong supply centers. This didn’t go to well with about 1.5 million college students around the U.S. Students protested outside there colleges for a few days which caused about 1,200 campuses to close down. Kent State was one of the colleges that had students protesting. The protest started out as students innocently gathering around the campus. Then they started to get out of hand. It all began when students tried to burn down the R.O.T.C. Building. This forced the mayor to call in the National Guard. Then on May 3rd officers were forced to throw teargas into the crowd to calm them down. Two people wound up being stabbed because they lunged at the guards. The next day, which would be May 4th, was the day of disaster. Students were throwing rocks at the guards and would shout curses at them. The guards threw teargas into the crowd but it just didn’t work .The wind that day was very strong and it just blew the smoke away. After a while the guards just turned around appearing like they were going to leave. Then all of a sudden some of the guardsman turned around and fired sixty-one shots into the crowed. Hitting thirteen students and killing four. The closest student shot was fully sixty feet away; All but one was more then 100 feet away; All but two were more then 200 feet away:…...

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