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."


12/06/2019 11:19 AM
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  • Johnny J.
    16 hours

    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.
    a day

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

  • LaRon S.
    a day

    🖕🖕 🖕 you and your gun control!

  • Derek C.
    a day

    He could have done the same crime with a hand gun

  • Jeremy N.
    a day

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

  • Mamalissa J.
    2 days

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

  • Thomas C.
    2 days

    It was Trump's fault. 😂😂

  • Mike M.
    2 days

    i think its time for another marc lepine

  • Jimmy W.
    2 days

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

  • John E.
    2 days

    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.
    3 days

    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.
    4 days

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

  • Stephanie B.
    5 days

    I watched this 😢

  • Jay S.
    7 days

    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.
    7 days

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

  • Constantine T.
    01/17/2020 11:31


  • Duke H.
    01/17/2020 10:22

    Being shoot by a nutjob does not make you a gun/a violent expert. It makes you a victim of a nutjob. That is all

  • Zack L.
    01/17/2020 03:23

    Are you stupid! Gun control is what hitler did! You socialists swine

  • Jeremy A.
    01/17/2020 01:53

    If they had been armed he would have been dead and not them

  • Steve W.
    01/16/2020 21:06

    There's always been psychotic people and there probably always will. It doesn't make sense to disarm people that are not crazy enuff to break the law.