PRINT Summer 1991


Kent and Jackson State

WHEN THE SHORT-LIVED BUT DEVASTATING WAR in the Persian Gulf broke out, news reporters hoofed it to Kent State University, Ohio, to see how the 1990s crop of students was feeling about war and peace. The reason they picked Kent State, of course, was that after National Guardsmen had shot and killed four students there during an antiwar demonstration on May 4, 1970, a picture of a 14-year-old girl—runaway Mary Ann Vecchio—screaming over the body of Kent State student Jeffrey Miller had become one of the most lasting symbols of the fight against the war in Southeast Asia. Like it or not, this otherwise unremarkable school had become a symbol of student protest.

Kent State wasn’t the only school involved in political protest during those years, and it wasn’t the only school where students were killed. Ten days after the Kent State shootings, two young men were shot to death on the campus of

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