The official word: On May 4th, 1970, the country was changed forever after the Ohio National Guard was called on to the campus to dispel an anti-war protest at Kent State University in Ohio. May 4th was just four days after President Nixon announced he was expanding the Vietnam War into Cambodia, and just like many students around the country, the students of Kent State went out in protest. A short time after the protest began, 28 guardsmen opened fire on the students, killing 4 and wounding 9 others. The protesters were all unarmed, and all those wounded and killed were Kent State students. CNN Special Report: Witnessed: The Killings at Kent State premieres on Sunday, May 4 at 7pm ET
This CNN Special Report: Witnessed: The Killings at Kent State reconstructs the events leading up to the protest on that fateful day through the stories of those who were there and lived through the shooting. Alan Canfora was perhaps the most visible anti-war activist on the day of the protest, and was shot in the wrist. Dean Kahler was a pacifist, who was watching the protest, and was shot in the back, permanently paralyzing him. Professor Jerry Lewis ran around campus, convincing students that the bullets were real, and they had to evacuate. Laura Davis and Carole Barbato were also witnesses and they, along with the others, have searched for answers on how and why US troops could open fire on a college campus. Captain Ron Snyder with the Ohio National Guard, tells his side of the story, from his point of view after he was dispatched to Kent State to keep the peace.