LSU fraternity could face punishment for "massacre" banner

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Members of LSU's Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity are facing possible punishment after posting a banner mocking the 1970 Kent State University massacre.

A banner was hung from the house on Dalrymple Drive that read, "Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State."

The fraternity did write an apology to KSU indicating its actions were a poor attempt at humor. Students said the group has always hung questionable banners.

The previous weekend when LSU played the University of Alabama - Birmingham, the fraternity hung a banner making light of the chemical gas attack in Syria. That banner read, "LSU vs. UAB It's gonna be a gas. Syriasly."

Last year, there was a sign that read: "Like the Batman premiere, we're starting off with a bang!" The sign referred to the shooting at a Colorado movie theater where 12 people were killed.

In 2011, following the trial of a Florida woman acquitted of murdering her child, there was a sign hung from the fraternity house that read: "The only winner from Florida is Casey Anthony."

Monday, officials with the university issued the following statement:

"LSU certainly does not condone this insensitive behavior and poor judgment by the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. LSU officials have spoken with the fraternity and believe that the students now understand the gravity of their actions. The students have issued a formal apology to Kent State University. LSU is also working with local and national DKE leaders in an effort to prevent this type of behavior in the future."

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