The Bath School disaster was a series of bombings of a farm, school
and car in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927. The bombings
killed 45 people and injured an additional 58; most of these were
children in the second through sixth grades. The Bath School disaster
is the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in United States
history, claiming more than three times as many victims as the
Columbine High School massacre. Bath Consolidated school board member
Andrew Kehoe was upset by a property tax levy used to fund the school
building. He blamed the additional tax for putting his farm into
foreclosure. On the morning of May 18, Kehoe first killed his wife and
then set his farm buildings on fire. As fire fighters arrived at the
farm, an explosion rocked the school building. A detonator Kehoe
planted in the school ignited dynamite and hundreds of pounds of
pyrotol. While rescuers were gathering at the school, Kehoe drove up,
stopped and detonated a bomb in his shrapnel-filled vehicle. With
this, Kehoe killed himself and the school superintendent, as well as
killing and injuring several more.
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The Arab League was founded by 7 Arab state.
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