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Polytechnique Massacre, 30 Years Later

Ten years before the mass shooting at Columbine High School, a gunman entered a Montreal classroom and murdered 14 women. This is the story of the first mass femicide.

The first mass femicide

On a cold December evening in 1989, engineering students in Montreal were giving presentations when an armed man entered their classroom, forced the men to leave, and shot the remaining women students. It took Marc Lépine only 20 minutes to kill 14 women, before he killed himself. Provost sustained 4 gunshot wounds — in the forehead, both legs and her foot. In a letter left behind, his motive was made clear. The suicide note was released nearly a year after the killings.

“At that time, nobody could imagine that somebody can enter in a classroom to kill people. It was unimaginable at the time. So he came, he shot one time. He asked the guys to leave the classroom and he asked the girls to stand up in the corner opposite to the door. He explained to us that he was there because for him we were feminists and we we were taking a place he wanted for him. And I just replied back, “No, we are not feminists. We're just students. And if you want to come and study with us, just apply and there would be room for you”. But I don't think I finished my sentence. And he shot all of us,” survivor Nathalie Provost tells Brut.

After the attack, Canada passed the Firearms Act, which regulated the possession of guns. But survivors are still pushing for further action, including the banning of military-style assault rifles — the type Lépine used in his rampage. Since the massacre, misogyny has motivated other mass killings. In California in 2014, 6 people were killed by a gunman seeking to “punish” women for rejecting him. In Toronto in 2018, a man drove a van into pedestrians, killing 10 people. The assailant cited the California gunman in his final message before the attack. Each year, Canadians commemorate the Polytechnique massacre. In 2019, a new plate was unveiled, finally naming the shooting an "anti-feminist attack."

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12/06/2019 11:19 AM
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74 comments

  • Jeremy S.
    01/29/2020 02:48

    Yeah if she was in control of a gun ppl would be alive

  • James K.
    01/28/2020 11:37

    We had an incident back in mid 80's at Western Alamance, kid shot up c building

  • Linda S.
    01/27/2020 19:09

    I only posted this to make people more aware of the many mass shooting incidents there are ,& NOT TO SUPPORT any issues , but to ask people to stop & think pray ! What is wrong with all these people ?! Please just stop & be kind to one another !! LOVE THY NEIGHBOR,& TREAT EVERYONE AS U WOULD WANT THEM TO TREAT U!

  • Valarie T.
    01/25/2020 16:35

    In 1989....... the world was such a place he coulda done the same act with a butter knife , cuz clearly the group of men who left werent stopping him.

  • Paula E.
    01/25/2020 14:30

    THE first school shooting

  • Johnny J.
    01/25/2020 08:14

    Let me get this straight. So this woman thinks that if a man who has already decided to murder people would adhere to any gun law, then the answer to prevent this would be to prevent anyone from being legaly capable of protecting themselves? She MUST have received some permanent brain damage...obviously.

  • Damien W.
    01/25/2020 00:21

    Ill be judged by 12 before im carried by 6 , you can liberally count on that

  • LaRon S.
    01/25/2020 00:15

    🖕🖕 🖕 you and your gun control!

  • Derek C.
    01/24/2020 17:51

    He could have done the same crime with a hand gun

  • Jeremy N.
    01/24/2020 16:31

    Regular people need guns to protect themselves against people like this.

  • Mamalissa J.
    01/24/2020 11:45

    That is the past now, lay it to rest already..Quit being morbid let the dead rest in peace..

  • Thomas C.
    01/24/2020 03:24

    It was Trump's fault. 😂😂

  • Mike M.
    01/23/2020 20:32

    i think its time for another marc lepine

  • Jimmy W.
    01/23/2020 20:07

    Taking away the right to carry arms and defend yourself is plain ignorant. God bless the US 2nd amendment.

  • John E.
    01/23/2020 18:08

    1 person is the reason to screw everyone. Its literally a just in case clause. Instead of letting the mass protect themselves let's take away their defense.

  • Stephan N.
    01/23/2020 06:12

    Universal healthcare is so great. It only took TWO YEARS to get a PERSONAL CRUTCH. Yeah and people wonder why we fight against it so hard.

  • Craig M.
    01/21/2020 13:14

    How did this happen in Canada? Don’t they have stricter gun control than the United States? Wow! Seems to help!!!

  • Stephanie B.
    01/21/2020 02:39

    I watched this 😢

  • Jay S.
    01/19/2020 04:36

    Americans citizens own more guns than any other countries citizens and there are murders every day so stop saying if more people owned guns the shootings would stop... or armed citizens would stop the gunman... we have proven that theory wrong

  • Damont B.
    01/19/2020 01:03

    Banning guns isn't gonna stop anything there's still knives poisons and blunt objects