Brampton Centennial Secondary School shooting

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Michael Slobodian
Location Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Date May 28, 1975; 42 years ago (1975-05-28)
11:35 a.m.
Target Margaret Wright, as well as another unnamed teacher
Attack type
School shooting, murder-suicide
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 against two teachers, as well as the school system

The Brampton Centennial Secondary School shooting was a school shooting that occurred at Brampton Centennial Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday May 28, 1975, at 11:35 a.m. The school closed for the remainder of the week following the shooting, and re-opened the following Monday.


The incident began when 16-year-old Michael Slobodian[1] brought two rifles to school in a guitar case.[2] Slobodian began firing in a boys' washroom.[3] Slobodian first killed fellow student John Slinger in the washroom and wounded two others. He then entered the hallway and continued shooting, wounding several students. He proceeded to an art classroom, killed English teacher Margaret Wright and wounded two more students. After, he went back into the hallway and killed himself, adjacent to the art classroom. The total number of fatalities were 3. The total wounded were 13.[4] 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. Slobodian wrote a note to his family saying he was "fed up with life" and "he was going to eliminate two teachers" (including Mrs. Wright). He wanted to get revenge because he hated the school system.[4]


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