kent state university--may 4, 1970
"The decision to bring the Ohio National Guard onto the Kent State University campus was directly related to decisions regarding Americans involvement in the Vietnam War....The impact of the shootings was dramatic. The event triggered a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of colleges and universities to close."
-Jerry M. Lewis and Thomas R. Hensley: "The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The Search for Historical Accuracy."
Kent State was a national tragedy. It was not, however, a unique tragedy. Only the magnitude of the student disorder and the extent of student deaths and injuries set it apart from similar occurrences on numerous other American campuses during the past few years. We must learn from the particular horror of Kent State and insure that it is never repeated."
The shooting at Kent State University opened the eyes of many to the power of a few individuals and made effective campus law enforcement even more necessary. College students nationwide began to strike, and campuses were forced to not only close, but reevaluate their security programs, including the University of Arkansas.
The University of Arkansas
During a decade when campus unrest rocked many universities across the country, Mullins kept the University of Arkansas on a relatively steady course through the 1960s. Although protests occurred on campus, most were directed at national issues and only a small percentage of them were critical of the university administration."
Although University of Arkansas student protests did not have direct national impacts like Kent State University, the University did have active student protests, which helped to justify the need for a campus police department.