This past couple of weeks, I have been looking at the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 and have made a chart to compare it to what occurred at Kent State. Each event in itself was horrific and drew the attention of the nation. Each incident was covered in the New York Times. The fact that both incidents occurred on a college campus and involved innocent people being killed, the reasons for each were different.
Kent State resulted in four deaths and eight injuries at the hands of the National Guard. According to the New York Times, the gunshots were fired after a protest rally that resulted in tear gas. Ohio National Guard’s defense was that there was a sniper gunshot and the protestors began to storm around the guardsmen. The FBI was called in to investigate the violence and the campus was shut down until the incident began to clear up. The newspaper article identified the issue that was presented and why the National Guard was on the college campus in the first place. At the time of the rally, the war was expanding into Cambodia and raised tension among the college students. There was a government building that was burned down shortly before the incident in Kent State.
Virginia Tech was caused by a single man with a gun. The shooter began his killing of two students who were heading to class. Then visited a science building where the rest of the victims plus the shooter’s body was found. From the article that I found recently after the shooting, the gunman was unidentified. Students that were interviewed stated that his motive was an attempt to find his girlfriend.
There were more comparisons between Virginia Tech and Columbine, such as it occurred the same week with an eight year difference. A strong similarity to the Kent State massacre was the reaction of the public and the effectiveness of the nation. The FBI was used in an effort to identify who the killer was and the president gave his condolences for the everyone that was affected by it. The newspaper article’s description of both Kent State and Virginia Tech gave the description of blood-stained pavements/sidewalks. How both incidents were depicted and described showed the seriousness of what happened. Although the Kent State article had a tone of blame towards the National Guard and the Virginia Tech, a tone of sadness and despair, both represented the level of safety there is on college campuses and the impact each had on history.