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"I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."
―When asked why

Brenda Spencer is America's first female school shooter.

On January 29, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine when she fired on San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School with a .22-caliber rifle from her family's house across the street.

The two victims were Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Suchar. Eight students and a police officer were wounded. Spencer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. When asked why she did it, she said the often quoted: "I just don't like Mondays." At the time she also told negotiators, "It was a lot of fun seeing children shot."

Spencer remains in prison despite parole hearings. Her father still lives in the house where the shooting took place. Wallace Spencer got married to a woman younger than Spencer and had a daughter. The woman eventually left. 20 years after the shooting, Spencer made claims that her father sexually abused her.

Despite what former District Attorney Richard Sachs said on the episode of Deadly Women, Spencer's rampage was not "the country's, if not the world's first school shooting case before 1979." Brenda Spencer is however, America's first female school shooter. The very first case of a school rampage killing in America was by Andrew Kehoe in the Bath School bombings of 1927, the deadliest American school massacre as well.