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Bath School Disaster 1927 It might surprise you to learn that the worst act of school violence in American history happened way back on Wednesday, May 18, 1927 at the Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township, Michigan. The perpetrator was a school board official named Andrew Kehoe who was angered by a new tax levy. Kehoe planned his revenge for months, secretly hiding hundreds of pounds of explosives beneath the school. On the morning of May 18, 1927, Kehoe killed his wife and fire-bombed his farmhouse. As fire officials raced to the Kehoe farm, Kehoe drove to the school and ignited the hidden explosives. As rescuers and concerned parents arrived at the school, Kehoe then blew up his car, killing himself plus several others who had survived the initial explosion. Kehoe's grim total for the day: 45 people killed and 68 others wounded. Most of the fatalities were students between the ages of eight and 12.
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-11 
This one couldn't be blamed on violent movies or video games.
Posted by: Classico on 2009-03-16 
What a terrible event that was.

But actually, there was another horrible act of school violence that was even worse -- FAR worse: the vicious, racist attack on the NYC Coloured Orphans Asylum in 1863. As many as 250 innocent black children may have died in the worst act of domestic terrorism in USA history. We will never know how many innocents were actually killed as all records pertaining to school attendance were destroyed in the fire.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-16 
Classico knows his American history.

The event he refers to was part of the New York City Draft Riots of 1863. An angry mob ran amuck in New York City when the federal government's draft legislation came into effect during the Civil War.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-16 
Classico's comment prompted me to do a little more research on the New York City Draft Riots of 1863.

On July 13, 1863 a an angry mob began rampaging through NYC to protest the new Civil War draft laws--and specifically the provision that rich people could avoid the draft by paying $300. At one point the mob attempted to set a black orphanage alight, but the police were able to safely evacuate the orphans inside.

Based upon what I've read, the death total from the rioting was about 120. None were residents of the orphanage. Apparently the casualty figures from the riot have been greatly exaggerated over time in works of fiction.
Posted by: Classico on 2009-03-16 
Thanks for the compliment.

However, I must take issue with the figures you indicated: NYC was controlled by Tammany Hall which was very sympathetic to the anti-war, anti-draft cause. Mayor Fernando Wood was strongly opposed to Lincoln and he was in Congress at the tme of the riots. City officials did the best they could to sugarcoat the horrible results.

We do not actually know the amount of people killed in the riots as NYC had (as it does today) many illegal immigrants and many blacks who moved there during the war. The Asylum's records were destroyed during the fire. The police were very slow to react to the violence and it took a few days for the state militias to rescue the City. Therefore, the documentation to verify casualty numbers were sketchy at best and the best we can do is to estimate the numbers.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-16 
I'll have to do some more research on this topic, Classico. It's odd that there can be such wildly different stories and casualty figured about the same historical event.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-12-15 
Sadly, this post of mine from 2009 becomes timely again and again.
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