On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into a classroom at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. He separated the men from the women, and started shooting the women. After that, he walked the halls of the school and shot still more women. He claimed that he was fighting feminism. Before killing himself, he had killed 14 women, and had injured ten other women and four men.
I was in my last year of high school at the time, and was applying to a science program for the following year, and Marc Lepine had targeted women who were specifically taking a technical course – engineering. This hit me very hard and I could see that it hit my Mom hard too. Now, as the mother of daughters, it hits me even harder today.
I have never forgotten to remember on December 6.