A sweatshirt being sold by Urban Outfitters featuring fake blood stains and tattered edges with the logo of Kent State University, where four students were killed in a 1970 incident that shocked America, is “beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life,” university officials said Monday.
The $129 vintage Kent State University sweatshirt is “washed soft and perfectly broken in,” the clothier’s website boasts, offering a loose, “slouchy” fit for those seeking gruesome reminders to the campus killings that rocked the nation, leaving nine others wounded.
“We take great offense to a company using our pain for their publicity and profit,” university officials said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.”
“This shows the continued lowbrow of Wall Street, and Urban Outfitters continues to perpetuate a low standard of ethics,” Dean Kahler, 64, who was paralyzed in the shootings, told FoxNews.com. “I invite anybody who has been made aware of this now to visit the May 4 Visitors Center at Kent State in person or online.”