The 1927 Bombing of Bath School-America's First School Massacre

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This story was very hard emotionally for me to complete. Although 85 years have passed, seeing the names and faces of those children who died is heartbreaking. Be prepared to weep while reading this recounting of America's first school tragedy.

I have chosen not to post a picture of Andrew Kehoe because he lost such respect when he chose to murder 45 innocent people and injure 58 more.

On the other hand I have I also have chosen not to post photos of the dead children out of respect. They and their remaining families deserve privacy.

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This doll was found in the wreckage but her young owner did not survive.
This doll was found in the wreckage but her young owner did not survive. | Source

Some of the Victims

BAUERLE, ARNOLD

BERGEN, HENRY.

BROMUNDT, ROBERT, 12.

BROMUNDT, AMELIA, 11; sister of Robert

BURNETT, FLOYD.

BURNETT, GEORGE, 12.

CHAPMAN, RUSSELL, 10.

CHAPMAN, EARL, 12

COCHRAN, ROBERT, 8.

CUSHMAN, RALPH, 7.

EWING, EARL, 12.

FOOTE, CATHERINE, 11.

FRITZ, MARJORIE.

GEISENHAVER, CARLYLE, 10.

HALL, WILLA, 11.

HALL, GEORGE, Jr., 8; brother of Willa.

HART, STANLEY, 10.

HART, ROBERT, 9.

HART, VIVIAN, 10.

HART, PERCY, 12.

HART, IOLA, 13.

HARTE, GALEN.

HUNTER, LOREN, 14.

HUYCK, EMORY B., Superintendent of School.

JOHNS, DORIS, 10.

KEHOE, ANDREW, Treasurer of School Board.

McDONALD, THELMA.

McFARREN, CLARENCE, 14.

McFARHEN, NELSON, retired farmer.

METCOFF, EMERSON.

NICHOLS, EMMA, 12.

RICHARDSON, RICHARD, 13.

ROBB, ELSIE, 11.

SHUERTS, PAULINE.

SMITH, GLENN, Postmaster.

WEATHERBEE, HAZEL, 20, teacher, of Okemos.

WITCHELL, ELIZABETH.

WITCHELL, LUCILLE, sister of Elizabeth

WOODMAN, LENORE, 9.

ZIMMERMAN, LLOYD, 12.

ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE, 10.

The Mourning Begins

Bath Township in Michigan built an expensive consolidated school so their children would be safer. They would not have to walk a long distance to school through inclement weather on roads where automobile traffic was only inches away. The children would not be subject to attentions from passersby or other children who wanted to be bullies. They would be picked up and delivered to school on a bus and watched over by a vigilant driver. Parents and citizens of Bath were relieved and excited for their schoolchildren and the community.

That feeling of well being changed forever on the morning of May 18, 1927. The morning began as usual with children and teachers excited about the upcoming vacation. This was the last day of school before summer break. Then the unimaginable happened when a bomb ripped through the school building, destroying most of the school and killing a total of forty five people, thirty eight of them children. Another fifty eight people were injured.

The sound of the explosion drew attention from blocks away and horrified neighbors went running to the site of the school. The entire community instantly came together to rescue children and teachers trapped in the debris and to remove the bodies of others. Nearby towns sent police and firemen to assist while two manufacturing plants in nearby Lansing let all of its workforce go help. Construction workers from several companies arrived and worked tirelessly to get dead and injured children out of the building.

It was a sad and tragic sight that no one would ever forget. Children were covered in plaster, dust, cement and blood. Arms and legs hung broken, some children were moaning and others were so still that rescuers knew they would never make a sound ever again.

Parents heard the news and rushed to see if their own little ones were among the injured or dead. Most saw things a parent should never experience. One mother saw her little girl hanging by one leg from the wrecked building and begged a worker to bring her down. She was already dead but the mother was desperate to hold her child. An eyewitness reported seeing another mother, Mrs. Hart, sitting on the grass holding her injured son who later died and her two dead daughters lying on each side of her on the ground. She lost all three of her children in the bombing.

A father sat beside the bodies of his tiny sons, weeping while mothers fought with police who restrained them from rushing into the wreckage in search of their children. A family lost five children. Few families in the township escaped loss that terrible day.

It was late in the day before all the bodies were recovered from the crumbling building and laid out in rows on the ground. Once the coroner officially pronounced death, parents and undertakers removed the little broken remains to places of safety. Many are buried in the Bath cemetery and others in nearby Lansing. The wounded were taken to local hospitals where several more died in the following weeks and months.

Some survivors lost fingers, one little girl had a leg amputated and most carried physical scars as well as emotional distress the rest of their lives. Entire families were devastated and destroyed which was what Andrew Kehoe wanted. His goal was to destroy the township of Bath and he nearly succeeded.

Dynamite From The Basement of the School
Dynamite From The Basement of the School | Source

More Destruction Was Intended

Many children were not at the school that morning because the senior commencement was scheduled for ten o'clock. Others were absent for various reasons. Had the entire enrolled student body been present more deaths would have occurred.

More than 500 pounds of explosives were eventually found under the undamaged part of the school. It had not gone off for some reason and would have obliterated the entire building and surrounding structures had his evil plan succeeded.

Andrew Kehoe had allowed a teacher to bring her class to his farm for a picnic. She had suggested Thursday but he asked her to come on Tuesday instead. Perhaps he set the explosives then or maybe he wanted them to have one final party before he murdered them.

In any regard, he desired the school and other nearby structures to be blown to smithereens along with as many people as possible. His hate knew no boundaries and no compassion was found in his soul.

On July 26, a twenty-five pound sack of unexploded pyrotol was found, making a total of five hundred and twenty-nine pounds that didn't explode. The man had hoarded explosives for a long time while planning this horrendous act.

Who Would Do Such An Awful Thing?

The perpetrator was Andrew Kehoe, Treasurer of the School Board. He was well known in the village and had even run for public office, being defeated. The Kehoes had been facing financial woes like most of the American citizens at the time. He had sold off many of his farm animals and was not a good farmer so his crops were not a great success. He liked to invent and tinker and often left crops untended and unharvested.

Andrew Kehoe had been known to show a lack of compassion toward other people and exhibited cruelty to animals. He once shot a neighbor's little dog for burying a bone near his fence and had beaten a horse to death.

At the same time, this unfeeling, cold man often gave handmade gifts to guests and worked tirelessly to help a neighbor remodel a home. This maniac killed dozens of innocent children yet he warned several men on the day of the disaster not to enter his house as it was burning, saying "You are friends of mine, don't go in there, go down to the school."

The bank loan on his farm had recently been foreclosed and Kehoe held the consolidated school and the School Board responsible since taxes had been raised to fund the project. He had a troubled history with the Board and in particular disliked and harassed the Superintendent, Mr. E. Huyck.

He had planned his revenge well, planting dynamite under the school building and waiting for the right moment to set it off by using an alarm clock. Kehoe drove by the scene about 20 minutes after the explosion, smiling and waving at an eyewitness (MJ Ellsworth). He returned about 10 minutes later and motioned for the school Superintendent, Emory E. Huyck, to come over to his car. When Mr. Huyck did do, Andrew Kehoe (according to witnesses) pulled out a rifle and fired into the backseat, detonating explosives and blowing up the car, himself, Mr. Huyck, and several others standing nearby.

Nelson McFarren was killed instantly and Glenn Smith died within on the scene a few minutes. One of the injured was a boy who had escaped from the school building and was wandering in a daze close to the roadway.

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More of Andrew Kehoe's Madness

Almost the exact time the school building was destroyed, neighbors saw smoke coming from the Kehoe farm. Andrew Kehoe had wired his animals legs together so they could not be rescued and set the barns on fire. He blew up farm implements, tractors and tools. He destroyed trees and sawed off the grape vines.

His wife had been ill off and on all winter and was in the hospital until he came and got her on Monday night before bombing the school Wednesday morning. It is believed he killed her immediately once she returned home. Her burned body was found the day after the tragedy. It had been placed in a hog chute along with the household silver and several hundred dollars and set on fire. Many people had been by there the previous day but no one ever considered she would have been discarded in such a spot.

Blessings Among Burdens

  • Paul Lefke, of the Lansing Fire Department, was in command at the central station at the time the call came in. He acted fast and before medical personnel were even on the scene, he had children sent to hospitals in any cars he could locate. He was in the basement with police and brought out undetonated dynamite along with other unselfish heroes. When asked why they did such a thing the answer was "that is our duty."
  • Miss Elba Morse, was the National Representative of the Red Cross at the time and happened to be at Stanton, about 66 miles away. She drove all day, arriving that evening. By dawn the day after the bombing, she had a Red Cross help facility set up and running.
  • Governor Green came to the scene by late afternoon and declared a state of emergency, allowing financial and restorative aid to be released to the stricken community.
  • Local housewives cooked and provided food and materials for rescuers and workers for weeks afterward.
  • People from hundreds of miles away came to assist, working to clear the debris and to aid the grieving people left in turmoil.
  • The school was eventually rebuilt and renamed thereby refusing to allow Andrew Kehoe his desire to erase it and Bath forever.

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Conclusions on Love and Hate

Andrew Kehoe left a sign hanging on a fence at his farm. It said Criminals Are Made, Not Born. I agree with him. They are made by the choices a person embraces. The criminal mind holds hatred close to the heart just as heroes embrace love and are made by their deliberate choices to serve and sacrifice for love.

Hatred can never be allowed to win or to make us bow before it. By acknowledging these terrible things lurk in the hearts of some people we can be watchful against them ever happening again. But we cannot dwell of pain but must find joy again after tragedy. In this manner, we regain power over our lives and honor the memory of those lost to us in this life. Love will always conquer hate, it will stand forever brave and strong after hate has been removed from every human heart.

Be intentional about choosing to love. By doing so its opposite, the thing called hate is eliminated for eternity.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

your second installment of a dark history.. I enjoyed damn why do I say enjoy? I meant I read your installment and now plan to research even more about the 1927 bombing of Bath School.. thank you for sharing Hyphen :) Frank bless you


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh, wow, how sad. I did not know of this, and here we are thinking violence is something new, but it has been around since the beginning of time. Excellent, excellent writing dear one. In reading Frank's comment, I believe I somehow missed your other installment, so I will go back and find that one. Very interesting. Well-written hub. FANTASTIC conclusion!!! This needs to be shared. Oops, I just saw where Frank shared it too. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Man, this was an utterly awful tragedy. We had unthinkable things happen back then, too.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Oh my goodness, Hyphen. Where do you find these stories? This is so sad. A board of education member yet! Well, his ultimate goal was not reached in that the school was rebuilt. It is sad what hate and anger will bring a person to do. I say he was insane - when hate and anger is this severe he is mentally ill. This is well written and well done, Hyphen. I agree with the above - you wrote a wonderful conclusion - and love is the answer to everything. We have to have love in our hearts, not hatred.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

One of the generally unknown psychos that Kehoe; and it goes to show these tragic events aren't just contemporary occurrences. Keyhoe's 'excuse' was his foreclosed farm which he blamed on the school taxes, eh... just like his merciless ilk. He was determined to use his talents to not only destroy everything on the farm but the man he held most responsible and the building with everyone in it, along with his own psycho hide . Only by great grace was the destruction of life not greater.

Hyph, simply superb recounting of the tragedy. It really is a little known one in our history. Your intro and plot placement is perfect. Engaging with all pertinent info on the harrowing tale. The conclusions on love and hate make it even more inimitably yours. Up and all the rest- very well done Hyph.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Frank. I can email you some information if you want me to. I gathered a lot during research for this piece. It was a sad and dark day in American history and I don't understand why more people haven't heard of it. Thank you so much for responding so quickly to the Hub. I appreciate you .


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Faith Reaper. Isn't it just awful how Satan gets so much hate into a person and brings about such horror? I must believe this man was possessed. I think Frank was referring to the Hub about America's first recorded trial. It was dark, necessarily so. Thank you so much for your gentle heart and love for people. You are a treasure.


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A M Werner 4 years ago from West Allis

Sad tale. It never goes away, the hurt, the pain, the doubt, and the anger that push people to such tragedy. Every generation has its horror stories, and yet we have an entertainment industry today that still produces mindless films about violence and murder, and a willing citizenry that flocks to the theaters to watch suffering, to experience from a distance what so many have experienced in life. Peace


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello aviannovice. We have had them happen forever it seems. This sad account broke my heart and I knew others had to know also. We can keep those people alive by remembering them. Thank you for your visit.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Hyphenbird,

This is a truly compelling story that you have related so compassionately. I'd never heard of Kehoe or of his horrible work on that day. We tend to think of our tragedies since public shootings have been on the rise since Columbine. This reminds us that true evil does exist and it's important to remain vigilant against it...even back then.

Thomas


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tinamariemiller 4 years ago from Peoria, AZ

Such tragedy


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Dear, they struck me from the books... am I that awful? Please say that I'm not... ? lily


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

I have to believe this man was mentally ill. No sane person, surely, could do such things. Or maybe you're right, Hyph...maybe he was just possessed. I believe that is possible. We all have the power to bring a little bit of heaven, or hell, to this earth.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

I never knew about this story. It is such sadness.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi suzettenaples. I think these stories find me. There really is no other explanation. This one truly broke my heart and I have wept buckets of tears while researching and writing about this terrible time. The man deliberately chose to kill little innocents and his name should live in infamy forever. I intend to see people know what he did and become watchful to prevent other such occurrences. Thanks so very much for having such a tender heart.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

A teriible recollection of events in our history. Detailed, thoughtful, and heart wrenching. Thank you for sharing Hyphy...


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Alastar, thank you for the feedback. I do appreciate that. I really struggled with this article, again agonizing over what to leave it or not. If I told all I want, it would be a book. That man hurt so many people in so many ways that it is inconceivable. I am so relieved and pleased I did this story justice. It is so important for me to bring these truths to light. Thank you again for always being a friend and follower.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

A M Werner, you have hit on a puzzling point. I wonder why people are so drawn to that sort of violence. It was so good of you to come by and share your wisdom. Thank you.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello ThoughtSandwiches (Thomas). That one reason I wanted to write this story. Most people cannot think past Columbine when trying to recall the earliest school tragedy and that is understandable. It was so horrible. Evil people have been around since the first family on earth when Cain killed his brother. When we become distracted and complacent those same ones try to sneak in. Thanks for such a "thoughtful" comment.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello tinamariemiller. It sure was and is. Thanks for reading the Hub.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I think that ehatever hate he holds in his heart, taking it out on the innocent is definitely no excuse at all. if only more counseling opportunities were available at the time! smother great crime share, Hyphenbird.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello mollymeadows. That is a very wise statement. We do have that power indeed and should be careful what we say and do. Andrew Kehoe was mentally ill as well as other things. He also was a proud man and that can be dangerous also. It is a story that we can never know all the answers about. Thank you for reading about it.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Levertis Steele, it is a very sad and tragic tale. Even more sad the kind of mind that caused it is still creating havoc today. Thanks for reading the Hub.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

You are welcome A.A. I feel it was an honor to bring new awareness to this issue. Thank you for your kind words.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello midget38. I agree. There is never an excuse for such things. I doubt counseling would have helped this man. During my research, I learned a lot about him and he was the kind who would not have gone. But we will never know. Thank you very much.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

thanks H.. but i found a whole lot.. wow you must have really done extra homework.. I think that's why your hubs really stand out the hard-work and dedication.. bless you :) Frank


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is an amazing tale depicting someone who turned away from good and embraced evil. Your story illustrates this is not a new phenomenon. I found it interesting that he was able to pull off acts of normalcy like helping neighbors remodel when in his heart he had such an absence of love and no conscience. It is a story well-told that I will not be forgetting soon.

Your conclusion about love is profound.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Hypen. I am more than amazed that you were able to get through this tragedy. Such a sad event, aimed at the most vulnerable amongst us. I had not heard of this story.

Not exactly Sunday morning reading.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Thanks. I had never heard of this and now I am aware of a part of history that remians generally untold.

TFP


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello PegCole17. No, atrocities have been going on for centuries. This particular tragedy was so awful because of the youngsters involved. You are right. He deliberately chose evil. I sometimes hear stories about psychopaths performing acts of compassion even as they destroy and cause death. That kind of mind is so foreign and complex. I suppose we can never totally understand them. Thank you so much for your insightful comments.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi mckbirdbks. No, it is not easy or pretty reading. I want to do stories like this though because justice is a fundamental part of freedom. Also case studies can help us now to implement and better laws. Thank you for reading my Hub.


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lambservant 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

How absolutely horrific. I cannot imagine parents losing all their children and seeing the decimated bodies of their little ones. What evil Mr. Kehoe was filled with.

The mass shooting tragedies in our country the last 20 years are evidence of great evil. We must get on our knees and pray for our country.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Frog.It is odd how certain huge happenings just seem to be hidden. I don't know why that is. Thanks for reading and becoming aware. I think we need to know and remember.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is my first to read or hear about this horrible event. What evil lurks in the heart on man and why innocent children? I see this occurred during the great depression, which leads me to believe that his lust for his lost holdings drove him crazy. I know greed causes evil. You told the story so well Hyphen. Thank you..


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Lambservant so many people are seduced by Satan and give themselves over to things of the world and darkness. As we pray for our children and our world we must face and fight evil. Only when Jesus returns will it all end. Meanwhile knowledge is power to combat people like Andrew Kehoe. Thank you for reading this Hub. I know it is painful.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello always exploring. Indeed greed is an awful master. This man had a greedy heart and a cold soul. Thanks for letting me know you found this well written. I struggle to keep these article length.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What a terrible story that is beyond horrific. You described the history of this event so well, Benda. I can understand how difficult it must have been to recount this tale. If I live to be 100, I will never understand why these tragedies occur. I am just speechless.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

You have a very good point in your comment and, I too, believe you are right about Satan getting into this person to be filled with so much hate and was possibly possessed. Satan does come to steal, kill and destroy. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I was so shocked about the story taking place in the 1920s. It seems that this evil is one that knows no limits. How horrible! God only knows why these people are allowed to cause innocent young lives such untimely deaths.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

I know Genna East. I feel the same way. Evil lurks inside the heart of man because he has separated himself from God and that leaves only room for one other-Satan. This particular event was exceedingly horrific. Thank you for your visit and comments.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Faith Reaper, he seems to succeed very well and that is an awful shame. More and more people turn away from God and toward the things of this world. Since Satan is the ruler at the moment, they are turning to him.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello teaches12345. That is one reason I want to present this story. We remember Columbine, Virginia Tech and other schools-and rightly so-and should know about this one. I cannot fathom why it was not brought into the news during the more recent school terrors.

As to why, I believe firmly it is because Satan who hates us wants to destroy us and often succeeds. God's master plan will make it all right one day, but these times of pain are confusing and heartbreaking indeed. Thank you for reading about the Bath school.


Beth 4 years ago

What a horrible tragedy, we've had it since beginning of time,and we will till the end I guess. It's sad to think that there are people out there, that want to hurt and destroy others because of their failures and losses in life. This man was pure evil!! and to believe he was on the school board..how scary is that? These kind of people do seem to be at places where you think it will be safe. Brilliant writing with this story,you're so wonderful!!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Beth. It really is scary and makes one want to home school their children. It seems evil targets the little ones more every year. It is odd to think this happened so long ago and these things are getting more frequent in our own time. Thank you very much for the compliment. I appreciate that and you.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I am totally speechless with shock! I will never be able to understand the hate and revengeful, blood-thirsty thoughts and actions of people like Andrew Kehoe.

Horrible facts well presented!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Hyp, such a well written article. Voted this up and all the way across but funny. Wow, what a traggic event! So sad this is. Such loss at tender ages. I can't imagine what would make this man click like this. To take such innocent life away and cause so much heartache. A terrible tragedy. It is shocking and it could have been much worse. Never heard of this before. Hyp, great job writing this article. At this age and day, I don't believe I would feel safe at school. This shows that you just never know.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I read, I grieved, I prayed. Very well written.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Martie. Our hearts just cannot go there or understand a man like that. This is a painful tale but one we need to know. Thank you for reading it.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Lyricwriter it is hard to believe something like this could happen so long ago. I appreciate you reading and commenting. Thank you.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

So did I Becky. It all broke my heart. Thank you for reading.


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royblizzard 4 years ago from Austin / Leander, Texas

Loved the story. I did however dislike the fact that again property taxes were harassing citizens, just as Daniel Boone lost his property 3 times to these "Property Taxes" that our government uses to confiscate legally held assets. It still doesn't give anyone the right to take an innocent life as one wrong doesn't give anyone the right to do another wrong.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

I understand royblizzard. Taxes are as volatile as religion. I believe Andrew Kehoe had many others issues and chose this one as a "reason" for his actions. Thank you for reading the story. I strongly believe we must keep these things alive so we can prevent them from ever happening again.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Oh my goodness, Hyphenbird - I had never heard of this school massacre. What a horrible, evil thing that man did - we send our children to school and always believe they will be safe. We often look back on the past with nostalgia, but even back in the 1920s there were awful acts of cruelty.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

leahlefler, many Americans have no knowledge of this tragedy. In the place ,other than home, we consider our children safe at school. Recent school violence is indeed nothing new. It reminds me of King Solomon who said, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9. Thank you for reading about this awful day. In this way we keep the memory alive and help prevent new happenings of violence.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So sad but you covered the tragedy so sensitivly Brenda. You are an amazing writer and I mean this my friend.

Take care and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Eddy


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Eddy. This is indeed a painful story to read. Writing it tore my heart into pieces. I do believe we need to remember and honor though.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.......wow Brenda this is quite a tragic story indeed and one in which I have never heard of before - you are such a world class historian though and a true credit to this literary genre that I just have to share two links with different FB groups - Hubpages group and the Music and Writing group - rated up as they say in the Hub business for your time and efforts into sheding much needed light on this subject - hubbravo from the epi-man - and sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 9:12pm


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Epi, how are you Lake Erie poet?Thank you for sharing this story. I feel it is important. I researched for days and days to find true information. Many exaggerated and much false information is out there about the Bath school. I am so pleased you learned about this piece of history. It should be known by every American at least.

Enjoy you beautiful lake and the cats.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I had never heard of this tragic, brutal bombing and your account of it was truly horrific.

So much hatred spewing from a single person is difficult to comprehend, and he even managed to take extra people down with him when he committed suicide at the end.

I love your last line: "Be intentional about choosing to love. By doing so its opposite, the thing called hate is eliminated for eternity." How very true.

It was sad that there seemed to be quite a few warning signs that this man was a powder keg waiting to go off, most especially his cruelty to animals, and yet nothing was done about it.

Am voting this up and useful as we must learn to be vigilant about those who are angry and cruel to animals and children.

Sending You a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Gail. I suppose back then no one recognized the signs like we do today. That is a sad statement to the fact that we have become familiar with such horrors. When I was looking at those children who died, it was so real and seemed as of it just happened. My heart broke. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power and love prevents evil from taking control. I am glad you like that last line. It is my heartfelt cry to everyone. Thank you and bless you for reading this article.


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Evil is everywhere, as I drown, and my Brother tries to put me in a mental institution, the very friend I thought would never forsake me, is the very one that does.

I have stuck by you ,even if I don't agree with your writings. you don't even answer me in this awful horrific story you've told us.

I'll tell another. I am alone, save for the people that love and trust me. One of those people used to be you. I do not understand what changed your feelings. lily


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Lily. I sent you an email just this morning. If you visit the forums you will find that a glitch prevented Hubbers from posting comments. That aside, I am not on HP nearly as much as in the past. I am very busy. Raising a child, working to prevent child abuse and all the other work I do makes my days fly past. I am very sorry you feel I have abandoned you. That is not the case at all. When did I not answer you Lily? I cannot find a case where that happened. My feelings have not changed at all. I love you and God loves you. He also never changes. I am going to be frank here since you were. You are having a pity party. Party time is over. Get up and fight the bullies that are hurting you. You are strong and vital. You can and will overcome!


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platinumOwl4 3 years ago

Hyphenbird, This is a spectacular article. These type of incident draw attention and sell paper and increase rating on News programs. Yet, in large city around the United States, young women are found dead on such a regluar basis it has become material for weekly programming. As a society we have become, some of us, calous to our childeren attending school for twelve years and coming out mentally challenged. This is a crime that should carry an automatic death penalty.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hell platinumowl. When we realize this type of thing has been going on so long, it should make us take action. Sadly, it is getting more prevalent and more lives are being lost. I truly believe Jesus is returning very soon. All the prophecies are coming to pass.

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