YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – An incident early Monday at Kent State University’s main campus now has the ROTC units at both Kent and Youngstown State University taking some extra precautions.
Authorities said someone set fire to a pair of vans belonging to Kent State’s ROTC program around 2 a.m. Monday. Local police and the state fire marshal are now investigating.
But leaders with the programs at YSU and Kent have ordered the 130 cadets at the two schools to keep a low profile for the time being.
“Until I get the inclination back from the police department that there was no malicious intent or no targeting, we thought it most prudent to take some measures to limit the exposure our students have while on campus in the wearing of a uniform that makes them stand out among their peers,” Army ROTC Lt. Col. Matthew Fox said.Students in both programs now will be wearing their civilian clothing during regular classes and labs as well as physical training courses.In the meantime, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information on the arsons.