Kent State to mark anniversary of campus shooting amid backdrop of unrest

As Kent State University prepares to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the shooting of anti-Vietnam War protesters on its campus, universities are struggling with how to respond to present-day pro-Palestinian agitators protesting the Israel-Hamas war.

The May 4, 1970, crackdown on anti-war protesters by the Ohio National Guard weighs heavily on the minds of school administrators today who, until very recently, have largely allowed illegal encampments to disrupt students without much pushback.

“I think every administrator, even if they weren’t alive then, is aware of that, and they are worried about a situation escalating beyond their control,” Robert Shibley, special counsel for campus advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, told the Washington Examiner. “I think that does make them reluctant to use police to remove people who are breaking the rules or even hesitating to
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