Two young black men were killed yesterday during a student takeover of the administration building of the all-black Southern University, Baton Rouge, La. campus (SUBR).
The only identified victim, Denver A. Smith, of New Roads, La., was a student at the school.
Two hundred East Baton Rouge Parish policemen were in the area, but officials denied that police fired anything but teargas cannisters, the Associated Press reported.
At around 10:30 a.m. yesterday, police ordered a throng of 1000 students to have the area of the administration building.
About two-thirds of the students had left the building when the victims fell, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Deputy Sheriff Harry Phillips.
Students also set fire to the school's registration office, and officials reported damages to three university buildings.
Coroner Hypolyte Landry, of the Earl K. Long Hospital where the victims were taken, said yesterday that the slain men were killed either by buckshot or by shrapnel from exploding grenades or bombs.
Hand Grenade Simulators
Police were armed with hand grenade simulators, in addition to a variety of shotguns and riot guns, Phillips said last night.
"Simulators make noise? like hand grenades, but they can be changed by hand so as to fragment, according to our bomb experts," Phillips told The Crimson last night.
Phillips noted that police labs are now trying to determine if shrapnel found in the bodies of the men could have exploded from such simulators.
According to members of the Boston chapter of SDS, which supported the boycott at S.U., New Orleans (SUNO) two weeks ago, the students were protesting "a racist curriculum," the state. of medical care on campus, and campus workers' conditions.
A statement issued last night by students of SUNO called for a "nationwide boycott of the educational systems of America."
The statement said in part, "The progressive forces of Jackson State, Kent State, Attics, and now Southern University have seen their basic right to life snuffed out by a racist political structure."
Boston SDS last night decided to protest the killings in a demonstration today at 4 p.m. at the entrance to the Boston Common at Park St.
The SDS meeting at Boston University last night attracted over 70 people.
SDS members at Harvard plan picketing and leafletting between Server and Emerson Halls this morning and distribution of armbands in the dining halls throughout the day.
Other demonstrations, in New York, are planned by SDS chapters at Columbia University and the City University of New York