Soothsayer: Beware the ides of
March. April ~~ Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
Maybe that could have been what a soothsayer speaking to the newborn United States told our nation (yes, I know that the actual Ides is the 15th). April has seen a disproportionate amount of tragedy in America’s history. From murder/suicides to bombings and mass shootings, some of our most tragic events have occurred in April. Perhaps it’s cabin fever as winter and spring wrestle, still, over who gets to control the month’s weather and we humans are just tired of being cooped up. Heck, maybe it’s in how the stars align or the gods are overly malign in April. Come up with your own theory – it’s as valid as anyone else’s.
We’ll start with the first event that could be considered to fit the definition of a “campus attack,” according to the government agencies that wrote up a report on those in April (go figure) of 2010. Though several attacks in April occurred in other locales, campuses of “IHE”s – institutes of higher education – seem to have more than their share of tragedy. Abortion clinics, too, have seen violent attacks during April.