LSU’s football team beat Kent State 45-13 on Saturday. The Zeta Zeta chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity chapter was quick to hang up a 'Getting Massacred is nothing new to Kent State.'
Now, they're facing discipline and offering apologies.
The original sign referenced the May 4, 1970, incident on Kent State's campus when Ohio National Guardsmen fired on anti-war protesters, killing four students and injuring nine.
Kent State released a statement on Sunday through university spokesman Eric Mansfield which read: "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 and learn more about the event which forever changed Kent State and America."
(And it wasn't the first time that the fraternity went sign stupid.)
WVLA reported Sunday that an LSU official told the station that fraternity members had removed the sign after being asked to do so by LSU police officers. The station also reported that in 2012 a sign over the door of the same fraternity read, “Like the Batman movie premier, we’re starting off this season with a bang.”
The sign was a reference to the July 20, 2012, mass shooting inside an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a midnight screening of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises during which 12 people were killed and dozens were injured.
System President and Baton Rouge Chancellor King Alexander said the university could impose some disciplinary action on the fraternity but did not specify how likely that would be or what potential actions LSU could take.
“This was really bad judgment and poor taste,” Alexander said. “Hopefully, they’ll use better judgment from now on.”
Of course the ACLU of Louisiana was quick to open their big mouths. Their executive director said any talk of punishing the students would be "tantamount to violating their constitutionally protected free speech."
Such as apologizing...
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