www.kentstate-thetrial.com

GUARDSMAN:

(He delivers his lines as if repeating from a prepared script.)

I was one of 45 enlisted men at Blanket Hill. I did fire my

piece. As many as sixty rounds may have been fired, according

to existing statements and records. Official files show that

two females, two males died of gunshot wounds. The exact source

of the projectiles is not known at this time. I was equipped

with the M-l rifle of the type issued for combat in World War II

and the Korean action. This weapon was designed for combat duty,

not riot control. Range for this type of weaponry is 3,450 yards--

or about two miles. On May 4, 1970, I believe I heard the order

to begin firing. (He remains at attention.)


REPORTER:

Besides the four deaths, nine other students were wounded and

hospitalized. Their wounds would heal long before the deep gashes

in the public mind would seal themselves.


--------



PRODUCTION NOTE:

Student Leader returns and notices the Guardsman

in the dock. She takes a place at his side, but on the floor.

He remains at attention, rifle at side.


STUDENT LEADER:

The very appearance of this man on this campus was enough to

snap tempers. His own leader admitted that he had spent more time

in combat in the State of Ohio in the summer of 1968 than he had

since World War II. This man standing beside me even sent a letter....

a form letter....to the White House in support of the Vietnam war.

Script Page 22


Page 23


Home Program Cast Intro Script Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Epilogue