The news keeps reporting that the Virginia Tech massacre is the largest mass murder in US history. They are wrong. It’s not even the biggest school massacre.
In Bath, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, Andrew Kehoe murdered his wife, shot the school Superintendent to death, blew up his home and farm, then blew up the Bath Consolidated School. Death toll: 45.
a bronze memorial plaque contains the names of all the children killed on that terrible day. And although their parents survived, they too were victims of the bombing, for life has never been the same since. But it hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been easy. The murder of children is never an easy thing. Some people moved away from Bath in the years after the tragedy, probably as much to escape from their own memories as anything else. The episode had a numbing effect on the community that, in a sense, still remains deeply embedded in the subconscious of successive generations. To many people, Bath is still remembered as the place where a bloody school massacre occurred on a glorious spring day. A day when one manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strange obsession was transformed into hate and hate transformed into murder. A day when the world went wrong and death fell upon the innocent. A day when Hell came to Bath.