The Four That Were Killed
May 4, 1970 — Commentary for evening news, WEWS-TV, Cleveland OH
There were no guns in the hands of the four who were killed and the nine who were wounded — they had no weapons, no iron rods in their hands, they were giving no speeches. Their sin was protesting against the war and the four that were killed were only bystanders. They were there to see what was going on; they were students who were curious about the excitement. There were crowds gathering on the campus to protest the war, so they came along to see what was happening. No one told them that the governor of the state had called out the National Guard. The governor apparently decided it would show these long-haired troublemakers that protest meetings were not to be tolerated. There was some jostling, shouting and rock throwing but what prompted the National Guard to shoot? And who gave the National Guard the bullets? Who ordered the use of them? Since when do we shoot our own children? Ask the parents of these young people how they feel. When will their anguish be over? Tortured at the thought that their children were killed and without a reason, they exist with a pain in their hearts.
Source: Dorothy Fuldheim: The FIRST Lady of Television News, by Patricia M. Mote, (Berea, OH: Quixote Publications) 1997, pp. 136-137.