A small band of people gathered in the foyer of the high school to mark the 22nd anniversary of one of the most appalling events in recent Canadian history — the 1989 Montreal Massacre of 14 female students at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.
They were shot and killed by deranged gunman Marc Lepine because they were women.
“Take time to consider this persistent and ongoing problem,” the Women’s Shelter’s Nelli Richardson. “Fourteen women no longer walk on this earth solely because they were women.”
In total, Lepine shot 28 people before turning his legally obtained Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle on himself. The massacre stunned the country, resulted in creation of the federal Long Gun Registry and the establishment of December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Sadly, many women are still victimized and abused by men. Equally disturbing is that only one or two young people — and only two men — attended the afternoon ceremony.