I don’t like Mondays

Many of us dread the start of our work week. Mondays can be hard to handle. The weekend is a destress time and the time to do something fun. But when Monday rolls around we rouse ourselves from our beds, shower, prepare for work or school and drink copious amounts of coffee to get into the mindset for another week.

However, some of us take things to a horribly brutal level when faced with Monday morning. Brenda Spencer was faced with a Monday morning in January 1979, and instead of accepting the day, she chose to make it a Monday nobody would forget.

Brenda was a bright red headed girl of 16 and lived with her father in poverty. Their home had one mattress that they both slept on on the floor. The home was littered with alcohol bottles.

For Christmas Brenda had wanted a radio but instead received a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic .22 calibre rifle with a telescopic sight and 500 rounds of ammunition.

Brenda believed that her father had wanted her to commit suicide.

Monday morning and Brenda lived across the street from Grover Cleveland Elementary School. That morning she open fired on the students who were waiting for the principal to open the gate for them.

Eight of the students were injured, Principal Burton Wragg, 53 and Custodian Mike Suchar, 56 would die from the gunshots. A police officer arriving on scene was shot in the neck.

After firing 30 times, Brenda barricaded herself in the house and spent several hours in the house before she gave herself up.

Brenda was charged as an adult and pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. On April 4, 1980, a day after her 18th birthday, she was sentenced to 25 years to life.

She remains incarcerated at the Institution for women in Chino California.

Be alert, make good choices, be safe!

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