Sally Layton, Commentary
Submitted via email, May 16, 2002
Fascinating to have tripped over this and to have read any number of the Oral History submissions. Having been on campus myself on May 4th, I was a junior living in Koontz Hall, I, too, have a lot of memories about what happened during that weekend, some of which are consistent with other people's and some of which aren't.
I have never understood a couple of things about the whole affair. Why, when soldiers turned up with guns, didn't those kids go inside? Granted, there was one bright spark was holding court in the TriTowers pit telling people that the guns weren't loaded because the National Guard is issued with one bullet and it must remain in their collective pocket.
And why, when we all knew where the ambulances were based, did they arrive in seconds, when they could not have gotten there from the other side of town that quickly? Or was someone expecting injuries?
Sally Layton, BFA in Theatre Arts, 1971