Twentieth Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre -
Today is the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. On Dec 6th, 1999 Marc Lepine walked into Montreal's l'Ecole Polytechnique and gunned down 14 female engineering students.
Apparently Marc Lepine had been denied admission into the school. Marc Lepine was upset at women taken on traditional roles by men.
Marc Lepine, then 25, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, legally obtained, and a hunting knife walked into the school and shot 28 people, killing 14.
Lepine claimed that he was fighting feminism. He walked into classrooms and separated men from women and then shooting them. Marc Lepine killed 14 women and injured 4 men and 10 women in just 20 minutes, before turning the gun at himself.
Lepine was the son of a Canadian mother and an Algerian father. He had been physically abused by his father.
December 6th is now the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence against Women.
Dec. 6 marks the 20th anniversary of the day Marc Lepine opened fire in Montreal’s l'Ecole Polytechnique, killing 14 and injuring many others.
The Montreal native opened fire after being denied admission to the school. Lepine was upset about women taking the professional roles traditionally held by men. After the shooting spree, Lepine turned the gun on himself.
The day now stands as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The day honours the victims of the Montreal Massacre, as well as raises awareness about eliminating all forms of violence against girls and women.
The murdered women were:
Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28; and
Annie Turcotte, aged 21.