Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bath Township School Bombing in 1927--38 kids dead, 7 adults

Newtown is a terrible horrific disaster for every American, but read this:
Bath Township was the scene of the May 18, 1927, Bath School Disaster, named for the bombing of an elementary school; related bombings occurred at the perpetrator's farm and house, and with his truck near the school. The bombings killed 45 people and injured an additional 58; 38 of the dead were children in the second through sixth grades. The Bath School Disaster is the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in United States history, claiming more than three times as many victims as the Columbine High School massacre, and half-again as many victims as the Virginia Tech shootings. It has been described as the worst act of domestic terrorism in the United States until the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Andrew Kehoe, the perpetrator, was described as seeking "murderous revenge" for having lost an election for town clerk in the spring 1926 after briefly holding the position as an appointee. In addition, he was under personal and financial stress; his wife had tuberculosis, and he had stopped making mortgage payments and been notified of foreclosure. He claimed it was valued too high and he had paid too much for it, but was unable to negotiate changes. Over months, he bought and set explosives at his farm and the community school. On May 18, he achieved revenge by destroying both. He began with murdering his wife and committed suicide in the last explosion.
Sad and meaningless acts of madmen should not guide adjustments to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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