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Kent State Grad's Rifle Photo Declares 'Come and Take It'

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 05:57 PM

A graduation photo in which a rifle is used as a prop is going viral on social media after the graduate posted it to her Twitter account.

Kaitlin Bennett, who graduated Saturday from Ohio’s Kent State University, posted a photo with a semi-automatic rifle slung over her shoulder while carrying her mortarboard cap with the inscription, “Come and take it.”

Along with the image, Bennett tweeted, “Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus. I should have been able to do so as a student- especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus. #CampusCarryNow”

Bennett’s post was retweeted nearly 3,000 times, liked more than 12,000 times, and had 1,600 comments as of Wednesday afternoon.

Her reference to the “4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government” is to the 1970 Kent State shooting resulting in the deaths of four students at the hands of Ohio National Guardsmen.

Six years ago the Justice Department declined an invitation to reopen an investigation into the incident, specifically to determine what prompted the the guardsmen to shoot.

The university prohibits students, faculty, and staff from arming themselves with “deadly weapons,” according to its website.

That prohibition didn’t apply to Bennett, however, because after her graduation, she was “no longer restricted under the policy as a student,” Eric Mansfield, university spokesperson, told Fox 8.

Mansfield added that the photos were taken Sunday, and Bennett informed the university of her plans. He also told the station that in the nearly 50 years since the tragedy, the university has developed a reputation as having one of the nation’s safest campuses.

“Kent State University was recently ranked the safest big college campus in Ohio and 25th safest in the country, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security,” Mansfield’s statement said. “The university has a full-time, certified police force of more than 30 sworn officers who protect the campus. These officers are visible, well-trained and on duty 24/7 in support of students, staff and faculty.”

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