POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 12:32pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:41am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — LSU officials say they have taken action regarding a controversial message posted over the weekend  at a local fraternity.
“LSU certainly does not condone this insensitive behavior and poor judgment by the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity,” Ernest Ballard, LSU media relations, said. “LSU officials have spoken with the fraternity and believe that the students now understand the gravity of their actions.”
The banner was placed above the front door of the fraternity on Saturday, Sept. 14 in the hours prior to the LSU vs. KSU game. It said, “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent St.” It was removed later that same night after the LSU Police requested it be taken down due to complaints from the public.
“May 4, 1970 was a watershed moment for the country and especially the Kent State family. We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever,” Eric Mansfield, Executive Director of Media Relations at Kent State University, said in a statement on Sunday, Sept. 15 . “We take offense to the actions of a few people last night who created an inappropriate sign and distracted from the athletic contest on the field.”
In the hours following the release of the statement from Kent State University, the members of the DEK house issued a formal letter of apology and placed a new sign outside of its house . It said, “We would like to apologize to Kent State for our inappropriate sign.”
“We, as young college students, did not grasp the full scoop of the tragedy and its long lasting effects,” the statement noted. “This is not how we would like to represent our fraternity as well as our school, and we certainly hope we did not put a negative spin on your school’s visit to Louisiana State University.”
LSU officials say they have contacted the local and national DKE leaders “in an effort to prevent this type of behavior in the future.”
This particular fraternity has a long history of posting inappropriate messages outside its house.