BATON ROUGE, La. - An LSU fraternity's sign that referenced the Kent State shootings in 1970 caused backlash on social media and apologies over the weekend.
Delta Kappa Epsilon hung a banner from its house on Dalrymple Drive that read, "Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State."
The sign is a reference to the 1970 shooting on the Kent State campus when the National Guard opened fire on a group of unarmed students who were protesting the war. Four were killed and nine others were injured.
According to WAFB-TV, the LSU campus police had the fraternity remove the sign and another one appeared later that offered an apology.
"We would like to apologize to Kent State for our inappropriate sign."
Pictures of the sign were taken and were posted on social media. Eric Mansfield, a spokesman for Kent State said: "May 4, 1970 was a watershed moment for the country and especially the Kent State family. We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever.
"We take offense to the actions of a few people last night who created an inappropriate sign and distracted from the athletic contest on the field.
"Our new May 4 Visitor Center, which opened less than a year ago, is another way in which Kent State is inviting the country to gain perspective on what happened 43 years ago and apply its meaning to the future.
"We would invite those who created the sign to visit our campus to visit the May 4 Visitor Center and learn more about the event which forever changed Kent State and America."
The Zeta Zeta DKE chapter also issued a written apology to Kent State:
"To The Kent State Community, We, the men of Zeta Zeta, formally apologize to your entire community for the banner that was hung from our house this past weekend. The sign was inappropriate and should never have been hung in the first place. 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. Hanging 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. 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.
"On behalf of our chapter, Zeta Zeta, we apologize. We hope to host Kent State on our campus again in the near future and to help make your next visit a positive one.
"The Men of Zeta Zeta - LSU"
Ballard said LSU has not taken any action against the Zeta Zeta chapter, but added that the university does not condone such behavior.