Most people hate Mondays. It’s the beginning of another working week. Monday usually means you have to shake off that weekend vibe and get to work or school.
Most times, we grumble. But, some people do way more than grumbling. Some people, like 16-year-old Brenda Spencer, take up a gun and start murdering school children.
Brenda’s awful crime is the first high profile mass school shooting in the U.S. She may have well been the catalyst that ushered in an era of violent school shootings in America – there’s been close to 300 since then.
The question is, “why?” Why would anyone shoot at kids? You’re about to find out.
10 A Dark Day For Cleveland Elementary
Parents who dropped their kids at the Cleveland Elementary School, San Diego, on the morning of January 29, 1979, would have expected their child to come back with a bruise from the playground.
What they wouldn’t expect is a gaping bullet hole in their child’s chest. Around 8 AM, while the kids waited for the principal to open the gates for another day of learning, Brenda Spencer had something else planned.
As they milled around the gates, Brenda opened fire with a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle. Her bullets hit seven school children and a cop.
The principal, Burton Wragg (53), was shot to death as he tried to steer the dazed children to safety.
The custodian, Michael Suchar (56), also a war veteran, was killed while attempting to rescue the wounded principal.
The casualties would have been more, but the police confiscated a garbage truck and used it to block her fire line.
Christy Buell, aged 9, was shot in the abdomen and lower back. Monica Selvig was also hit in the gut, with the bullet leaving through her back, narrowly missing her spine.
Julie Roble took a shot to her side. And four other students also suffered varying degrees of gunshot wounds. A police officer who came to help was hit in the neck.
They didn’t die. But why would anyone do this? The answer will shock you. News had already spread about the Cleveland Elementary shooting.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that it came from a house across the street. And so, one reporter decided to call numbers in the neighborhood randomly. He finally reached Brenda.
When he asked her, “why?” She replied, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” Disturbing, right? But that can’t just be it. There must be something more.