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LSU Fraternity Apologizes for Kent State Massacre Joke

BATON ROUGE, LA -- This game day sign outside an LSU fraternity outraged fans and students alike in the hours before Saturday's kickoff against Kent State.
BATON ROUGE, LA-- This game day sign outside an LSU fraternity outraged fans and students alike in the hours before Saturday's kickoff against Kent State.

The sign in question was placed outside the entrance of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. It said, “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent St.”

The image circulated the Internet shortly after NBC33 News posted the story. On Sunday, Sept. 15, Eric Mansfield, executive director of Media Relations at Kent State University, released an official statement, apologizing.

On May 4, l970 members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students.

A representative with LSU told NBC33 News that the LSU Police Department was contacted on Saturday, Sept. 14, regarding the sign. Officers were dispatched to the fraternity house and asked them to remove the sign. They complied with the request and it is no longer hanging.

The LSU chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity also issued an apology to the Kent State community, saying, "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."

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