13 Seconds - Philip Caputo


Copy of Constitution is Buried

May 1, 1970 12:00pm - Approx. May 1, 1970 03:00pm

Students gathered in a demonstration to bury a copy of the Constitution to "Symbolize it's 'murder'."

Crowd Begins to Build

May 1, 1970 6:00pm - May 2, 1970 02:30am

Angry students take to the streets to protest while vandalizing and destroying local buildings' windows.

Police Arrive

May 1, 1970 7:00pm - May 2, 1970 02:30am

Police come with tear gas in hopes of stooping the riots, eventually (at 2:30) the students disperse back to their dorms.

Students Assist

Approx. May 2, 1970 08:00am - Approx. May 2, 1970 10:00am

Though many were destructive and out of control the night before, some of the students helped to clean up the streets the morning after.

Officer Training Corps Goes Ablaze

May 2, 1970 8:00pm - Approx. May 3, 1970

Angry students set the Officer Training Corps building on fire, then to make sure it cannot be put out, they cut the hoses, making them impossible to use effectively. Students are eventually sent back to there dorms, along with some non-students who spent the night there as well.

Victory Bell Riot

Approx. May 3, 1970 7:00pm - Approx. May 4, 1970 02:00am

Students gather at the Victory Bell in the Commons to protest, once the crowd failed to disperse, "at 9:00 p.m., the Ohio Riot Act was read and tear gas was fired." Also at around 11:00 p.m., "the Riot Act was read again, tear gas was used and a number of people -- guardsmen and demonstrators -- were injured in the confusion."

Largest Riot

May 4, 1970 12:00pm - May 4, 1970 12:34pm

Students gather at the commons and practice field, though protesting is banned now. Officers throw tear gas, but it does not work very well because of the windy day, the gas is also retaliated by verbal abuse and sticks/rocks. Officers are beginning to feel a bit unsafe.

Shots are Fired

May 4, 1970 12:34pm - May 4, 1970 12:34:13pm

Officers as well as one commander fires into the crowd of unarmed students, injuring 9 and killing Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Schroeder and Sandra Scheuer with around 61-67 rounds.

Aftermath (lasts longer than the rest of the day)

May 4, 1970 12:35pm - Approx. May 5, 1970

The injured students are rushed to the hospital, while those who are already lost are mourned over. The officers are reprimanded and given fines for what they did, though there was no further punishment after that. People around the world feel sorrow and sadness towards Kent, as many donate gifts and money