For some reason, a fraternity at LSU thought it was appropriate to prepare for their upcoming game against Kent State University by making a sign that mocked the shooting that took place there in 1970. After an image of the offending banner reached Kent State and LSU officials, the frat brothers decided to apologize.
The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity hung the offending sign that read, “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State" over their frat house before the game this past Saturday, which the LSU Tigers won 45-13. Many college football fans have criticized LSU for a weak out-of-conference schedule, and taunting a team that should be a guaranteed win is classless enough without mocking an event that took the lives of four students.
Before anyone thinks the sign was simply an error in judgment that can be attributed to a bunch of drunk frat boys, the same fraternity made headlines earlier in the month for hanging a sign joking about Syria: “LSU vs. UAB It’s gonna be a gas. Syriasly.” If hundreds of people killed in an alleged chemical attack is fodder for humor, that kind of explains why the LSU fraternity finds it acceptable to joke about the Kent State Massacre.
The LSU fraternity's apology sign read, "We would like to apologize to Kent State for our inappropriate sign." The apology banner may not be enough for the DKE frat, though; the students involved in the banner could face disciplinary action. According to WTVM, a spokesperson for LSU said that the school's "Dean of Students Office and Student Life are aware and are looking into the matter."
The frat boys of Delta Kappa Epsilon are being blasted all over Twitter and other media sources for the inappropriate sign. What do you think of the LSU fraternity's sign--are people overreacting? Add your comments below.
— Jake Query (@jakequery) September 15, 2013
Seriously not cool, LSU. http://t.co/t4cweaX3hC (Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity hangs football sign referencing Kent State massacre.)
— Anna Staver (@AnnaStaver) September 16, 2013
LSU relates the Kent State massacre to the football game. Then LSU fans wonder why other schools don't respect them.
— Miranda Donato (@MirandaDonato) September 16, 2013