A Louisiana State University fraternity notorious for its inappropriate LSU game-day banners has apologized for hanging a sign over the weekend that mocked the 1970 Kent State University shooting.
Ahead of LSU's game against Ohio's Kent State Saturday, the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity hung a banner from its house that read, "Getting Massacred Is Nothing New to Kent St."
Four students were killed and nine others were injured on May 4, 1970 when the Ohio National Guard infamously opened fire on a group of unarmed Vietnam War protestors.
The sign sparked outrage among many who were offended by its mocking nature.
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"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," Eric Mansfield, executive director of university media relations at Kent State, said in a statement. "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 to visit the May 4 Visitor Center and learn more about the event which forever changed Kent State and America."
The LSU fraternity issued an apology Sunday via a revised banner and a written statement to Kent State.
"We formally apologize to your entire community for the banner that was hung from our house this past weekend. The sign was inappropriate and should never have been hung in the first place," the apology read. "We hope that the Kent State community can forgive our action and accept our sincere apologies. We apologize not only to the community of Kent State, but also to those who were personally affected by this tragedy in American history.
"Hanging the banner was a poor attempt at humor. We, as young college students, did not grasp the full scoop of the tragedy and it's long lasting effects. This is not how we would like to represent our fraternity as well as our school, and we certainly hope we did not put a negative spin on your school's visit to Louisiana State University."
This isn’t the first time the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity's game-day signs have made headlines. Last year, shortly after the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., a similar banner was displayed that read, "Like the Batman premiere, we're starting off with a bang!"
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