A commencement photograph wherein a rifle is used as a prop goes viral on social media after the graduate posted it to her Twitter account.
Kaitlin Bennett, who graduated Saturday from Ohio’s Kent State College, posted a photograph with a semi-automatic rifle slung over her shoulder whereas carrying her mortarboard cap with the inscription, “Come and take it.”
Together with the picture, Bennett tweeted, “Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can lastly arm myself on campus. I ought to have been ready to take action as a student- particularly since four unarmed college students had been shot and killed by the federal government on this campus. #CampusCarryNow”
Bennett’s submit was retweeted almost 3,000 instances, preferred greater than 12,000 instances, and had 1,600 feedback as of Wednesday afternoon.
Her reference to the “four unarmed college students had been shot and killed by the federal government” is to the 1970 Kent State capturing ensuing within the deaths of 4 college students by the hands of Ohio Nationwide Guardsmen.
Six years in the past the Justice Division declined an invite to reopen an investigation into the incident, particularly to find out what prompted the the guardsmen to shoot.
The college prohibits college students, school, and employees from arming themselves with “lethal weapons,” in accordance with its web site.
That prohibition didn’t apply to Bennett, nonetheless, as a result of after her commencement, she was “now not restricted underneath the coverage as a pupil,” Eric Mansfield, college spokesperson, advised Fox 8.
Mansfield added that the pictures had been taken Sunday, and Bennett knowledgeable the college of her plans. He additionally advised the station that within the almost 50 years because the tragedy, the college has developed a fame as having one of many nation’s most secure campuses.
“Kent State College was lately ranked the most secure huge faculty campus in Ohio and 25th most secure within the nation, in accordance with the Nationwide Council for Residence Security and Safety,” Mansfield’s assertion stated. “The college has a full-time, licensed police power of greater than 30 sworn officers who defend the campus. These officers are seen, well-trained and on obligation 24/7 in help of scholars, employees and school.”