May 4, 1970: Speech Pathology Student Shot at Kent State

Sandra Lee Scheuer

Sandra Lee Scheuer was killed by the Ohio National Guard as she returned to her dormitory shortly after noon on May 4, 1970. At 10:00 a.m. she attended her “Language Acquisition and Behavior”  class taught by assistant professor Dr. John M. Panagos, and stayed in the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Music-Speech Building until leaving to return to her dormitory.

” She was shot through the throat with an M-1 rifle from a distance of 130 yards (119 m) while walking between classes and died within five or six minutes from loss of blood. According to the account of Bruce Burkland, a close family friend, Scheuer “was walking with one of her speech and hearing therapy students across the green. Neither Sandra nor the young man had anything to do with the assembly of students on the green.”[1]” (Wikipedia)

Sandra was a respected student and well liked, a credit to her chosen field of speech-language pathology.

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