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LSU, fraternity both apologize for crass sign about Kent State massacre (photos)


The No. 6 (then No. 8) LSU Tigers squared off against the Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid-American Conference on Saturday. As expected, LSU easily handled the inferior opponent, winning by the wide margin of 45-13.

What should have been a happy time on campus heading into Saturday’s showdown with the Auburn Tigers instead has been marred by the insensitivity exhibited by an LSU fraternity.

The students in the Zeta Zeta chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity made a crude sign made with a sheet made even cruder by its message and posted it on the front of the frat house on Saturday. The message? “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State.”

The sign reportedly was taken down Saturday after campus police instructed the fraternity to do so. But apologies were still in order.

The massacre reference of course is a shameful allusion to the Kent State massacre. Occurring on May 4, 1970 on the school’s campus, four students were killed and another nine wounded when Ohio National Guard troops open-fired on individuals attending an anti-war protest. The tragic event was documented in the song “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Not surprisingly, both LSU and the fraternity have issued apologies for the offensive sign.

LSU’s statement of apology on behalf of the university:

“LSU certainly does not condone this insensitive behavior and poor judgment by the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. LSU officials have spoken with the fraternity and believe that the students now understand the gravity of their actions. The students have issued a formal apology to Kent State University. LSU is also working with local and national DKE leaders in an effort to prevent this type of behavior in the future.”

Delta Kappa Epsilon opted for a different route to issue its apology, instead utilizing the same means of conveying a message that got the fraternity in trouble in the first place: A sheet hung on the front of the frat house (via @JacquesDoucet):

The fraternity’s apology, while perhaps sincere, appears to be passed along in fashion far too cavalier.

Still, the fraternity, despite its apology, may still face sanctions and punishment from LSU. One would like to think Delta Kappa Epsilon learned its lesson, but it’s hard to say.

Working against the fraternity is the fact that this isn’t the first time the chapter has posted signs that were wholly inappropriate (via The Advocate):

The fraternity’s LSU chapter has a history of hanging controversial banners including a sign last year that read: “Like the Batman Premiere, We’re Starting Off With a Bang!” It was a reference to the July 20, 2012, mass shooting inside an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in which James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people.

The fraternity also has previously hung signs making light of the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria and the 2011 trial in which Florida woman Casey Anthony was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.

Keep it classy, guys.

[H/T Dr. Saturday]