Woodstock West and Kent State Shooting Memorial

Photograph Credit: University of Denver Historical Photograph Collection. Photographer unknown.

May 4, 1970

Kent State University Shooting

In the morning of May 4, 1970, after days of protests on the Kent State University campus, the National Guard fired on a crowd of several thousand assembled students, killing four (William Schroeder, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, and Sandra Scheur) and wounding nine, one of whom, Dean Kahler, was permanently paralyzed.

Faculty marshals worked to avert further bloodshed, convincing the angry and grieving students, who were demanding to know why the National Guard had shot their friends, to disperse. Campuses across the United States erupted, many of whom were already beginning to organize direct actions in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the escalation of the war.