Interview with John McLaurin
QUESTION 32
INTERVIEWER:

COULD YOU EXPLAIN THAT?

John McLaurin:

Yeah, my idea about it is the U.S. Marshals were the cause of the riot. Had they not fired the tear gas, I certainly don't think the students would have done anything. I know there was some construction going on on the campus and there was a bulldozer and uh, uh, the marshals went inside the lyceum building hunting cover and there was one student that got on that bulldozer and he was going to drive it into the lyceum building. He didn't know that the, that the bulldozer cranked on gasoline and you have to shift it over to diesel. And so he didn't shift, pull the switch to make it run on diesel and uh it ran out of gasoline just before he got to the lyceum building.