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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

4 Dead In Ohio


I rolled over in bed last night and looked at Joan. 

What's the date, today?

May 2, why? 

Thursday is the anniversary of Kent State

It is! How long has it been? 

May 4, 1970

Twenty-nine Ohio National guardsmen fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis. 
Some of the students who were shot had been protesting. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance. All were unarmed.

Allison Krause 
Jeffrey Miller 
Sandra Scheuer 
William Knox Schroeder

What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?
Neil Young


So many have forgotten So many never knew. 

Did you know one of the four Sandra Scheuer  was shot in the neck with an M-1 rifle while walking between classes? The bullet severed her jugular vein and she died within five or six minutes from loss of blood. She was walking with one of her speech and hearing therapy students across the green. Caught in the gunfire, neither Sandra nor the young man had anything to do with the assembly of students on the green.

All four students were unarmed. None were over the age of 21. 

47 years later, as I write, the tears well up in my eyes. It made no damn sense then and it makes no damn sense now to kill someone who disagrees with you. All I can do is keep each of them in my heart. 

What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?
4 dead in Ohio.