A Voice of Reason: Sane Views for a Crazy World

April 16, 2007

VTU Shootings: And the Lesson Today is How to Die

Filed under: children,Crime,Culture,Education,General,History — avoiceofreason @ 8:58 pm

With today’s horrific events at VTU, which at the moment are beyond much commentary, as Bob Geldolf so aptly said,

And he can see no reasons
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to die?

I am reminded of another incident of a bad Monday.

On 29 July 1979, a 16-year-old girl named Brenda Ann Spencer shot eight children and three adults at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. She fired the shots from her house — located just across the street from the school — with a rifle her father had gotten for her for Christmas. (She later claimed to have wanted a radio instead and took the gift as a sign she should kill herself).

Remarkably, none of the children at Cleveland were killed, although the school’s principal, Burton Wragg, and the custodian Mike Suchar died trying to protect the kids. Asked to explain her motive after the six-hour seige at her house came to an end, Spencer told police that she didn’t like Mondays. “This livened up the day,” she added.

In October 1979, The Boomtown Rats released “I Don’t Like Mondays,” a song based on Spencer’s unfortunate spree.


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