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Deadliest school massacre remembered 89 years later

Post by Guest on Fri May 20, 2016 3:19 pm

Just flummoxed me...I've never heard of this horrid event ever before; but it's just insane what depths just one man stooped to - seek revenge on a group of innocent children that never did him any harm or ill will EVER!  Such horror Evil or Very Mad
Deadliest school massacre remembered 89 years later
BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The passing of nearly nine decades hasn’t diminished a 104-year-old man’s view of Andrew Kehoe, the evil mastermind of the May 18, 1927,
George Baird, 104, now lives in an assisted living facility in Bath Township. He is one of the last remaining students who attended the Bath Consolidated School at the time of the bombing.
The Bath bombing remains the deadliest school murder spree in U.S. history, still eclipsing mass shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. 
In all, 45 people died, including Kehoe, his wife and five other adults, in the May 18 blast at the school, fire at Kehoe's farm and a second blast when Kehoe drove his truck to the school after the first explosion. Kehoe’s final act was to blow up his truck, killing himself along with the school superintendent, Emory Huyck, who was hailed as a hero for his calm in rescuing victims in the aftermath of the first bombing.

George Baird, 104, living in Bath Township, and a 1929 graduate of Bath High School, recounts the events from 89 years ago when the school was blown up by Andrew Kehoe. Thirty-eight schoolchildren were killed and dozens more injured. Baird was working on the family's farm and was excused from school. However, once he learned of the incident he rushed to the school and helped drive victims to the hospital. (Photo: Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal)
 

George Baird, who is frail and quiet these days, sat in a chair in his room at Timber Ridge Senior Assisted Living Facility and spoke about the dynamite planted under first floor of a school filled with young, innocent children just before summer break nearly nine decades ago.
Kehoe, 55, was a disgruntled school treasurer with personal money woes. Upset about taxes levied to pay for the Bath Consolidated School, which opened in 1922, he carefully planned a catastrophe designed to wipe out all of the children in the community.
About 250 attended school there. In that regard, he failed, as many children survived the mayhem and the community rallied to rebuild the school.
Though a disaster of unimaginable proportions in the farming community north of East Lansing, it could have been worse. A clock triggered the explosion at 8:45 a.m. but it ignited only part of the dynamite that leveled the north wing.
The horrific details included Kehoe tying the hooves of his horses together to die in a fire he set in his barn. He murdered his wife, Nellie. Her charred remains were found later lashed to a cart inside a burned shed on the Kehoe farm.  He then drove to the school to explode his truck for more destruction, shortly after 9 a.m. that day.
George Baird, then a 15-year-old sophomore, was not in class when the bomb went off. He was excused from final exams because his grades were good, his son, Stan, 80, of DeWitt Township, explained.
“I was out in the field,” George Baird recalled. “I heard the explosion.”
Baird’s mother was alerted by phone about the blast, five miles away. “My mother called out and said, ‘The Bath school blew up.’”
George and his father, William, thinking a boiler may have exploded, drove five miles to the scene of the disaster in the family’s Durant.
“We went out there, Dad and I. Dad helped get some of the children out of the school,” Baird recalls. “I took some of the girls to the hospital.”
He had a farmer’s driving permit at the time and drove to Sparrow Hospital with two blast victims. He only recalls that they had facial injuries. Baird remembers other images of the aftermath, with children’s bodies laid out on the school lawn as a temporary morgue and parents lifting the blankets to identify the victims.
One of his neighbors was a family named Bauerle who lost their 8-year-old son, Arnold. They visited each grieving family to comfort each other. The heartbreak in the aftermath was enormous. “My dad would break down and cry like a baby, it got him so,” George Baird recalled. He also remembers seeing a police car with its back seat piled high with unexploded dynamite recovered from the school.
George Baird also knew Kehoe.  A few days before the blast, he went to Kehoe’s house to give him tuition money to attend the school, he said an interview from about 2005 for a 2011 documentary by Ahptic Productions of Lansing.
Kehoe answered the door in slippers, a strange sight for a farmer in the morning. At that time of day, he should have been out in the fields working.
“He wouldn’t look you straight in the face,” George Baird recalled.
Kehoe was an electrician who volunteered as a handyman at the school. His access allowed him to set up an intricate bomb system under the classrooms.
Authorities’ main clue to the motive of the disaster was a sign at the Kehoe farm: “Criminals are made, not born.”

Location where Nellie Kehoe's body was found.  (Photo: Courtesy of Bath School Muesum, LSJ Archives)
Arnie Bernstein, a Chicago author who wrote a 2009 account of the bombing, said it’s important to remember the tragedy.
“We have to bear witness,” he said. “A whole generation of a town was affected because of a madman. We cannot forget these kids. We owe it to them to tell the story and keep their memory alive.”
Four survivors were interviewed for the book. All have since died.
 After the disaster, U.S. Sen. James Couzens donated $75,000 for the rebuilding of the school, renamed James Couzens Agriculture School. Classes  reconvened in Bath businesses while the school was rebuilt.
Stan Baird and his three younger brothers grew up knowing that the name “Kehoe” was synonymous with evil and seeing the remains of the chimney on the farmstead on Clark Road, just west of Watson Road. They attended high school at the repaired structure.
The cupola from the school, used until 1975, is in a memorial park across the street from the Bath Middle School. A Bath School Museum is housed in the auditorium of the middle school.
Bruce Baird, 79, said his father always expressed his wish that Kehoe suffered in the afterlife. In the 2011 documentary, George Baird talks about Kehoe’s spitefulness in blowing up the school while children were in classes instead of a time when the children were gone. Many of the victims were ages 10 or 11. “I hope he’s roasting in hell, yet,” George Baird said.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/19/hope-hes-roasting-hell-deadliest-school-massacre-remembered-89-years-later/84580232/

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Re: Deadliest school massacre remembered 89 years later

Post by eddie on Fri May 20, 2016 3:24 pm

Good God. That is one evil sick and twisted bastard.
I've never heard if this either? There must be a documentary / film about this?
I often watch the American crime channels (they're a bit like bubblegum and gloss over the finer minute details) but I've never seen anything on this?

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Post by sassy on Fri May 20, 2016 3:52 pm

Never heard of it either.  Sick, sick, sick!

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