Let's get one thing straight. Horrendously awful as it was, the Columbine tragedy in Littleton, Colo., was not -- repeat, was not -- the worst school massacre in American history. That dreadful distinction is held by Bath, Mich., about 100 miles west of Detroit.

The Bath disaster -- which claimed the lives of 45 people, including 38 elementary school students and the superintendent -- occurred on May 18, 1927. It was perpetrated by a school board member -- Andrew Kehoe, whom newspapers of the day dubbed the "maniac bomber."

Enraged over school taxes levied against his property,

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