. It was 11 years ago today that Marc Lepine strode into the Ecole Polytechnique, the engineering school at the Universite de Montreal, and proceeded to separate the men from the women. Then he shot and killed 14 of the women before taking his own life. Since then, many people have observed a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
Marc Lepine wasn’t simply a madman – he was a calculating killing machine on that day, bent on punishing “feminists” for his failures in the world.
But don’t remember him on this day, remember his victims: Genevieve Bergeron, 21: Helene Colgan, 23; Nathalie Croteau, 23; Barbara Daigneault, 22; Anne-Marie Edward, 21; Maud Haviernick, 29; Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31; Maryse Leclair, 23; Annie St-Arneault, 23; Michele Richard, 21; Maryse Laganiere, 25; Anne-Marie Lemay, 22; Sonia Pelletier, 28; Annie Turcotte, 21.
And remember the horrible toll that is taken by violence against women throughout our society.