In light of Friday’s brutal shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT, media attention has been brought back to a 1927 school bombing in Massachusetts. Records show that on May. 18 of that year a part-time caretaker at a school in Bath, Michigan, killed 45 people, including 38 children.
The killer used explosives to blow up a school and then killed himself and others. There was a reported additional 58 people wounded in the past tragedy. All the students killed were said to be between ages three through six.
However, there are parallels between the Sandy Hook and Bath disasters that are worth discussing.
The killer in the Bath School Bombing, Andrew Kehoe, spent months placing explosives inside the school. He used his job as a handyman to wire together two types of explosives, in an elaborate plan to bring down the building while it was occupied with students and teachers.
Kehoe also rigged his car with explosives and shrapnel, as well as his house.
Once Kehoe blew up his own house, he used a detonator to blow up part of the school. School Superintendent Emory Huyck performed heroically, rescuing children and adults from the disaster scene. After about 30 minutes, Kehoe drove up to Huyck and motioned him over to his truck.
Kehoe then blew up the truck, killing himself, Hucyk, and several others, including a child who survived the first blast.
Investigators later found more than 500 pounds of unexploded dynamite under the school. Kehoe had intended to kill hundreds of people, mostly students, but his wiring was faulty.