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LSU: Kent State sign was insensitive, poor judgment

3 years 8 months 1 week ago September 16, 2013 Sep 16, 2013 Monday, September 16 2013 September 16, 2013 2:50 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE - LSU said in a statement Monday it does not condone a sign hung at a campus fraternity which referenced the Kent State massacre in 1970.

The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity made the sign for the game against Kent State Saturday. It hung from the front of the fraternity house and read "Getting Massacred Is Nothing New to Kent St."

LSU called the sign insensitive and said it was done in poor judgment. The fraternity hung another sign later in apology.

"LSU is also working with local and national DKE leaders in an effort to prevent this type of behavior in the future," a university spokesperson said.

The fraternity also released a statement through LSU. The organization's leaders called the sign inappropriate and asked for forgiveness.

"We hope that the Kent State community can forgive our action and accept our sincere apologies. We apologize not only to the community of Kent State, but also to those who were personally affected by this tragedy in American history," they said. "The banner was a poor attempt at humor. We, as young college students, did not grasp the full scope of the tragedy and its long lasting effects."

The fraternity is not new to controversial football hype banners. The organization has previously made signs with connections to other tragedies, such as the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting.
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