The Worst School Attack Was In 1927 using dynamite, NOT a gun.

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This article (in brief) is submitted as background to ponder.


September 15, 2016

On May 18, 1927, a man named Andrew Kehoe blew up the school in Bath Township, Mich. Most of the 44 killed were children. It remains the deadliest attack on a school in U.S. history. It is also regularly left out of accounts of terrorism in America.


Kehoe, an electrician, had previously worked on the school and had rigged explosives through the buildings in the weeks leading up to the attack. His timer device in one part of the building failed, so children in those rooms survived. In the immediate aftermath of the school explosion, Kehoe set off another bomb in his car, killing himself and several others nearby. Prior to the school explosion, he had murdered his wife and set his own farm on fire. His motive was anger at a foreclosure on his farm, and the taxes levied by the township to pay for the new school.


The story made national headlines immediately, but quickly disappeared. It did not prompt a broader conversation about explosives, or school safety, or mental health, as such an attack today would. Everyone outside Bath Township seemed to forget about it altogether..."


The conclusion we must all admit is that people with evil intentions can and do find methods to harm other people.  The solution must be multifaceted, but can not be one size fits all locales either.


Pardero Added Feb 24, 2018 - 11:29pm
Thank you for this timely history lesson.
Mark Hunter Added Feb 24, 2018 - 11:52pm
That doesn't match the modern media narrative, so you'll continue not hearing much about it. It's important to modern journalism for us to understand that people don't kill people, guns kill people.
EXPAT Added Feb 25, 2018 - 5:20am
Spot on Opus. Those who would slaughter the Lambs, will use any method available. The advantage is theirs, because the methods are limitless, bombs, gas, fires, vehicles, Guns, knives, poisons.
To think that we can protect from this, or worse, that government can legislate protection, is the business of fools.
The best we can do is use common sense. If a person is deranged,; TREAT HIM. If a guy is walking around with loaded weapons of any type, take him down.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Feb 25, 2018 - 6:08am
When Dynamite is outlawed only outlaws will have Dynamite.
Semi-auto and fully automatic dynamite must be banned!
Dynamite less than 18 inches must pay $200 tax.
Doug Plumb Added Feb 25, 2018 - 6:26am
You cannot have people thinking about why he did it because that would involve thinking and thinking is unlawful in communism. The move toward communism started in 1913 with the implementation of a central bank, an item in the commie manifesto.
Mark Hunter Added Feb 25, 2018 - 6:31am
You can have my dynamite when you pry it from my three remaining fingers!
opher goodwin Added Feb 25, 2018 - 7:11am
Doug - you must be a communist!
opher goodwin Added Feb 25, 2018 - 7:12am
Opes - that sounds like one terrible disturbed person. He also must have had plenty of access and expertise. 
Thomas Sutrina Added Feb 25, 2018 - 8:37am
This fact sits in my file on the subject of violence.  Glad to see other are spending the time to do research.   Sometime I think that people are lazy and only give opinion.
Dino Manalis Added Feb 25, 2018 - 8:46am
Schools should be as safe as being at home.  We have to protect our schools with adequate security.  Protect our children!
Thomas Sutrina Added Feb 25, 2018 - 8:58am
The safest way to protect our children is to close all the schools and universities and libraries and churches and males and stores and build bomb shelters away from cities but in locations that will not be flooded, have land slides, earth quakes , volcano lava, bug and virus infections.   You know the only way to achieve full protection is not to have children.  Then we will not exist into the next generation.  
Michael B. Added Feb 25, 2018 - 9:05am
The moment you get out of bed, you're asking for it. Life's a bitch, and then you die.
Dave Volek Added Feb 25, 2018 - 10:01am
Well said. That paragraph needs to read a lot when we try to find solutions with safety.
One of my more memorable lessons of going to church at a young age was when the priest said that anyone of us could have got into an auto accident on the way to church.
George N Romey Added Feb 25, 2018 - 10:33am
Back in 1974 I was in 9th grade. Everyday at 5PM about 30 buses rolled out to the main road to take us home. One afternoon a kid darted between 2 moving buses. One driver slammed on her brakes. A kid on that bus near the front was standing when he should have been seated. As a result he flew through the windshield, ran over by the bus and died a gruesome death.
IIRC the driver was fired but not charged with anything. Adults convened a discussion to determine what went wrong and what to do to avoid such a future tragedy. In the end it was simply determined 2 dumb kids and one driver not paying attention to her riders. No long winded drama about enacting 20 new laws and drawling up some unneeded multi million dollar driver  training program.
Opes Added Feb 25, 2018 - 10:47am
The deeper issues surrounding safety is that there are media and political forces pushing for actions that do nothing towards resolving the stated problem.  In many ways the media is afraid of most of the citizens having the freedoms they have, and seem to be pushing for continued limitations on law abiding people.
The over-generalization of evil acts upon a society is a way of neglecting attention on individual responsibilities upon known disturbed dangerous people.  In short, there seems to be a concerted effort to ignore the true victims of violence, while excusing the perpetrators of violence. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Feb 25, 2018 - 11:29am
You can have my dynamite when you pry it from my three remaining fingers!
Good one! That's my kind of humor. I'm going to plagiarize the hell outta that one!
mark henry smith Added Feb 25, 2018 - 2:34pm
Love that, JG.
The internet has been the greatest law enforcement tool in preventing these kinds of tragedies. Every bomb-building site, every hate site, every gun-nut with a grudge site is monitored to gather information. In the same vein as Kehoe, the Oklahoma City bombing is not brought up as a terrorist act, or included in the list of nuts, because these guys where veterans, church-goers, true-believers.
He would gets to write the narrative makes the law. Guns don't kill people, bullets kill people, at least before you run out of bullets and start using your bayonet.   
John Minehan Added Feb 25, 2018 - 5:46pm
The two killers at Columbine tried to use bombs, also (without great success). 
A big part of ths is fixing the culture.
Mark Hunter Added Feb 25, 2018 - 11:49pm
Plagiarize away, Jeffry! I've got a million of 'em. Well, a thousand.
Flying Junior Added Feb 27, 2018 - 5:56am
I'm not sure what it is that you are trying to say.  So this bombing produced 44 casualties?
Virginia Tech produced 32 dead.
Sandy Hook was 27 dead.
Columbine was 15 dead.
WTF is your point?  Straw man.
Most, least?  What is it that you are promoting?
My guess is that you are engaged in a pathetic attempt to minimize the seriousness of gun violence in schools.  Who am I kidding?  That's exactly what you are doing.
Opes Added Feb 27, 2018 - 10:43am
Flying Junior
The conclusion we must all admit is that people with evil intentions can and do find various methods to harm other people.  The solution must be multifaceted, but cannot be one size fits all locales either.
The main reason nothing has been done to tightened security at all schools is the cost in money & because people are easily persuaded towards false causes of the danger.
In no way does the above minimize the seriousness, but rather puts the issue in context of the larger problems.
Too many recommended knee-jerk solutions are poison-pawn in reality.
Flying Junior Added Feb 27, 2018 - 9:21pm
Do you favor increased security?  Metal detectors and x-ray machines?  Fenced schools so kids can only get in and out through gates?  More video surveillance.  That's not the worst idea I have ever heard.  At the least, it is practical.  Then just a handful of security officers could help to keep an entire school generally safe.
Opes Added Feb 28, 2018 - 11:00am
 Flying Junior
Yes, I favor increased security for schools.
mark henry smith Added Feb 28, 2018 - 12:52pm
And take away their cell phones for the school day too. And gum. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Feb 28, 2018 - 5:13pm
Then just a handful of security officers could help to keep an entire school generally safe.
Just like Peterson and the three other BSO pussies didn't do!
Great idea!
SCOTUS has ruled cops have no responsibility to protect. Repeatedly.