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Massacre at the École Polytechnique – December 6, 1989

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Just after 5 pm on December 6th 1989, a deeply troubled young man entered a classroom at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, the engineering school at the University of Montreal. Twenty minutes later, it was all over. Marc Lépine was upset because he had been refused admission to the school. He sought to kill young women, who he believed had taken spots from men like him. He called them feminists, separated them from the men in their classes, and shot them with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle. In the end, 14 young women were dead. Lépine committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

This school shooting represents the worst mass shooting in Canadian history. After the massacre, people brought roses to the place where the young women had died. Red roses in the snow have become synonymous with the massacre.

December 6 now marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.


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    • Fortunately, it is a rare occurrence in Canada. But this shooting especially has cut so deep because of the shooter’s motives for killing these young women. He was raised by a violent, sexist man who abused him and made him feel worthless. He was so damaged that he was dysfunctional and couldn’t gt into university or the military. He was sick but didn’t know it, so he blamed the women for his failures.

    • It is a sad day. I knew one of the women who was murdered. We were not very close, but others who were close to me had been very good friends with her. Our whole group of friends was shocked when we heard the news. We all carry the loss with us, to this day.

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