29th January
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1979 The "I Don't Like Mondays" School Shootings

Cleveland Elementary School, San Diego: After 20 minutes of shooting, Brenda Spencer, 16, has killed 2 men and wounded 9 children as they entered the school. She shoots them from her home which was directly across from the school. Police surround her home and she surrenders after 6 hours. When asked why she did it she says:

"I just don't like Mondays. I did this because it's a way to cheer up the day. Nobody likes Mondays."

Spencer was widely known as a drug abuser with a violent streak. Her father had given her a .22 semiautomatic rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition as a Christmas gift at the end of 1978.

Spencer told her school friends she was going to do something to 'get on TV'. She started her attack by shooting the principal, Burton Wragg, and Michael Suchar. Spencer told police:

"I just started shooting. That's it. I just did it for the fun of it."

Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) based his song 'I don't like Mondays' on this event.

Spencer pled guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. She is currently serving a term of 25 years to life at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California.

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