St. Pius X High School shooting

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St. Pius X High School shooting
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date October 27, 1975; 41 years ago (1975-10-27)
Attack type
School shooting, spree killing, rape
Weapons Shotgun, knife
Deaths 3 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Robert Poulin

The St. Pius X High School shooting occurred on October 27, 1975, at St. Pius X High School in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was Canada's second recorded school shooting. The gunman, Robert Poulin, an 18-year-old St. Pius student, opened fire on his classmates with a shotgun, killing one and wounding five before killing himself.[1][2] Poulin had raped and stabbed 17-year-old Kim Rabot to death prior to the incident. A book entitled Rape of a Normal Mind[3] was written about the incident.

Robert came from a military family and had military aspirations of his own. These were largely thwarted by his physical condition and psychological immaturity, resulting in his being rejected from the officer training program he applied to. His physical problems included poor eyesight and a chest deformity. He was obsessed with sex and pornography, and had written about wanting to have sex before he died. He had been suicidal at least three years prior to his attack.[4]

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  1. ^ The Star
  2. ^ The Free Library
  3. ^ Cobb, Christopher and Avery, Bob. (1977). Rape of a Normal Mind. Toronto: Paperjacks. ISBN 0-7701-0025-2
  4. ^ Langman, Peter F. "Expanding the Sample: Five School Shooters." (PDF). pp. 1–2. Retrieved 2010-04-18.