How could the President make the decision to continue war when he promised to end it? Among the riots caused by Nixon’s decision were revolts at many universities, such as Kent State. Young students were upset because they were the ones being drafted and the sooner the war ended the less chance they had of seeing war. On Friday, May 1,1970 anti-war rallies began to take place at Kent State University. Students gathered and burned a copy of the constitution.
So when he made his television address on April 30 to say we had invaded Cambodia the American people reacted strongly. In the speech Nixon addressed not only Cambodia but also the unrest on college campuses. Many young people, including college students, were concerned about the risk of being drafted, and the expansion of the war into another country appeared to increase that risk. Across the country protests on campuses became what Time magazine called "a nation-wide student strike." The day after his Cambodia speech Nixon told a crowd at the Pentagon:"You see these bums, you know, blowing up campuses.
What possessed the members of the Ohio National Guard to shoot at unarmed students? In order to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the Kent State Massacre, it is important to back track several days and establish a timeline of events leading up to the massacre. On April 30, 1970, then-President Richard Nixon announced to the American public his decision to send US troops into the nation of Cambodia. The first protest against this decision was held the following day, May 1, on the campus of Kent State University. However, due to class schedules, the protest had to end prematurely, with the organizers agreeing to reconvene and continue their protest on May 4.
The Mayor of the city of Kent, Leroy Stratom, called in the National Guard, who, on May 4th, killed four students. The question that remains unanswered is why the National Guard fired on a crowd of young people and who was really responsible. Friday, May 1st, 1970 marked a significant day at Kent State University in Ohio. President Nixon’s announcement that troops would be sent into Cambodia trigger a slew of protests on campus at Kent State. As of noon, over five hundred students rallied and watched as a graduate student buried a copy of the constitution.
After several days of protesting things got out of control, leading to the death of four college students and the injury of nine others. The outcomes of Kent state shooting, otherwise known as the May 4 Massacre, went beyond those who physically suffered. The accidents on campus reformed the way millions of Americans though about the war in Vietnam and the anti-war movement. Most students, across the universities and campuses of America, were heavily against the growth of war into Cambodia. It is almost certain that the death of the four students and wounding of nine others ignited revolution across the nation’s universities, colleges and high schools.
Campus Unrest In response to great opposition to United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War, the antiwar movement of the 1960s sprung forth. A vast majority of involvement in this movement was represented on college campuses across the nation. Many college students wholeheartedly believed that the war in Vietnam served no point. America was simply once again sticking its nose in business that was not our own. As a result of the war, universities nationwide in the sixties were in uproar as students attempted to express their opinions through both violent and nonviolent means.
Students were mad about the closing and protested on May 3, 1968 at the University of Sorbonne. Sorbonne is the oldest University in Paris. Thirteen students were arrested based on the testimonies of police officers. It is not certain whether they were true or not. Three days later on May 6, 1968, a bigger protest erupted.
Shootings at Kent State University What happened at Kent State University? This is a question that many Americans were asking following the crisis on the Kent campus. In the days preceding May 4, 1970, protests, disruption, and violence erupted on the university grounds. These acts were the students’ reaction to President Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia. The events surround the deaths of four students in Kent, Ohio are disorderly and violent.
On May 4th, 1970 an extremely tragic event occurred at Kent State University. On this date the Kent State shooting occurred causing a huge catastrophe on campus and physically injuring and killing many students. The shootings that occurred on this day were stemmed from many students participating in an anti-war rally on campus. The National Guardsmen and the police officers that were on campus could not calm down the students and decided to star throwing tear gas into the group of students. When the tear gas did not disperse and calm down the students the National Guard began to fire bullets at the rallying students.
Students at Kent State took this symbolically as Nixon murdering the US constitution. The next day at Kent State University, hundreds of students Rallied, and some performed a mock funeral of the US constitution. (cite1-1) The message was that sending troops into Cambodia without declaring war represents the murder of our US constitution. This would be the only rally that didn’t lead to violence. Later Friday night, police respond to students in downtown Kent vandalizing storefront windows.