Brampton Centennial Secondary School shooting

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Michael Slobodian
Location Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Date May 28, 1975
11:35 a.m
Attack type
School shooting
Weapons .444-caliber lever-action rifle
.22-caliber semi-automatic rifle
Deaths 3 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Michael Peter Slobodian
Motive Revenge

The Brampton Centennial Secondary School shooting was a school shooting that occurred at Brampton Centennial Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, Canada on May 28, 1975.

The incident began when 16-year-old Michael Slobodian[1] brought two rifles and one compact rocket launcher (was not used) to school in a guitar case and stored extra ammunition/rocket launcher in his vehicle. He was angry at his physics teacher Mr. Bronson because he had failed him in physics, and wanted revenge by killing him. He wanted to get into medical school and his grades did not allow it. However, he was unable to make it to his physics teacher's classroom located on the third floor.

Slobodian began firing in a boys' washroom.[2] Slobodian first killed fellow student John Slinger in the washroom. He later entered an art classroom and killed English teacher Margaret Wright, and wounded 13 students inside the classroom. Slobodian then committed suicide in a hallway adjacent to the art classroom. Witnesses of the shooting included students Cathy and Nancy Davis, the daughters of Ontario Premier William Davis. Another witness of the shooting was future The Kids in the Hall star, Scott Thompson who was a classmate and acquaintance of Slobodian.

Afterwards, the school closed for the remainder of the week, but re-opened the following Monday.


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Coordinates: 43°40′03″N 79°44′57″W / 43.667456°N 79.749128°W / 43.667456; -79.749128