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Resident of Kent, Ohio, in 1970
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In 1970, Betty Hejma-Sweet lived in Kent, Ohio, with her husband and two school-age children. She discusses her memories from the days surrounding the shootings, including the building where she worked in downtown Kent being damaged by fire during protests, the National Guard presence in Kent, and the military helicopters with searchlights flying each night. She was out grocery shopping at the time of the shootings on May 4 and ending up being escorted home by police after passing through a checkpoint. She found her children looking frightened on the front porch; they had been released early from school. She also describes an experience she and her husband had at a checkpoint later that evening.
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Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Ohio. Army National Guard
Roadblocks (Police methods)
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