Lest We Forget - Littleton Not
Worst Massacre In US History
[NEW YORK TIMES: "It was the largest death toll in an act of terrorism at one of the nation's schools."
REUTERS: "The country's worst school massacre, in Littleton, Colo."
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL: "The worst school massacre in U.S. history."]
On May 18, 1927, 45 people were killed, including 38 elementary students, by a series of dynamite explosions at the Bath Michigan School.
After detonating explosives he planted under the school, "maniac bomber" Andrew Kehoe, a school board member and treasurer and farmer, blew up his pickup truck, killing himself and the Bath School superintendent.
"I don't remember hearing any noise, but I remember flying in the air and seeing things fly between me and the sun," remembers AdaBelle McGonigal, then 11 and in the fifth grade. "But I don't ever remember falling."
AdaBelle's ear was nearly torn off in the blast that killed 38 of her classmates. Seven adults also died that day.
Because this happened so long ago, it is something that most reporters don't know about and have failed to reference in the coverage of the Littleton, Colorado nightmare.