Brenda Spencer, a teenage student who did not like Mondays and inspired the hit song of Boomtown Rats



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One of America's most notorious school shooters who infamously inspired the song "I Do not Like Mondays" is eligible for probation – and her attorneys believe she could be released.

Brenda Spencer was only 16 when she killed two adults and injured eight children at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego in 1979.

    Brenda Spencer killed two people and injured eight children in a scary school shooting in San Diego in 1979

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Brenda Spencer killed two people and injured eight children in a scary school shooting in San Diego in 1979
    The killing ended when police officers spoke to the teenage killer with the promise of a Burger King meal

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The killing ended when police officers spoke to the teenage killer with the promise of a Burger King meal

The sniper, 56, who has epilepsy and came from a broken home, was questioned during a six-hour meeting by a reporter that she was shooting innocent children.

She replied, "I do not like Mondays. That cheers the day.

This line – which inspired the music of Boomtown Rats of the same name, including the chilling lyrics of "knock it all out" – helped paint Spencer as a cold-blooded sociopath.

But since her arrest, she claimed to have drunk whiskey and Phencyclidine (PCP) – a powerful mental alert drug – during the 20-minute kill.

Grover Cleveland boss Burton Wragg and janitor Mike Suchar were killed in the shootout that began at 8:30 AM.

Spencer apparently targeted young people who gathered at school gates that had not yet been opened.

Teachers, including Wragg and caretaker Suchar, rushed to help the stricken children and were later attacked by the disturbed redhead killer.

It came after she told a police negotiator she "liked to watch (the children) squirm after they were shot."

Spencer was eventually persuaded to drop her semi-automatic Ruger rifle – given to her as her Christmas present by her father – in exchange for a Burger King meal.

His weapon had telescopic vision – it was the "weapon of choice" for US teenagers in the 1970s because of its minimal recoil – which meant that the twisted teen was capable of firing shots from a window 150 feet across the street from school.

I do not like Mondays. This animates the day

Brenda Spencer in her motif

A policeman was shot in the neck, but he survived. The killing was halted after another police officer parked a garbage truck blocking Spencer's line of sight.

The attack caused shockwaves in the United States, since school shootings were a rarity in the 1970s.

Spencer was tried as an adult after pleading guilty to two homicide charges – without ever being questioned in court – but was spared the death penalty because of her age.

The teenage murderer was given two terms of 25 years in life imprisonment, which would be executed at the same time and with the possibility of probation hearings.

His lawyers have told the Daily Mail that his parole application this year may be successful, citing his considerable progress in rehabilitating behind bars.

During her stay at the California Women's Institution, Spencer was described as a model prisoner who wants to be a forklift after her release.

His lawyer, Michael McGlinn, told the Mail that he believes she will not again offend him by describing her as a "troubled girl" who was the victim of "incredibly bad parents" who should never have received any nearby weapons.

Brenda Spencer talks about her hopes for the future during the 1993 interview
    Now 56, her lawyers believe she has a chance to be paroled this year

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Now 56, her lawyers believe she has a chance to be paroled this year
    In the early 1990s, Spencer stated that she was drunk and high during the shooting

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In the early 1990s, Spencer stated that she was drunk and high during the shooting
    The convicted murderer claims that she was sexually abused by her father as a child - allegations he denied vehemently while he was alive.

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The convicted murderer claims that she was sexually abused by her father as a child – allegations he denied vehemently while he was alive.
    Singer Bob Geldof of Boomtown Rats co-wrote I Do not Like Mondays with fellow bandmate Johnnie Fingers after hearing about Spencer's explanation for the killing

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Singer Bob Geldof of Boomtown Rats co-wrote I Do not Like Mondays with fellow bandmate Johnnie Fingers after hearing about Spencer's explanation for the killing

Since then, she has emerged as "gay from birth" and self-injured in 2001, scraping the words "unforgivable and lonely" on her body when her girlfriend was released.

In 2005, a San Diego public prosecutor used this incident to paint the convicted murderer as "psychotic" and unable to be released.

It took only 15 minutes for the Parole Board to reject his request.

Spencer stated that she was sexually abused by her lone father as a child – allegations he denied vehemently when he was alive.

She lived with her father, who worked as a university technician and died in 2016, from the age of nine when her parents separated.

I do not like Mondays lyrics.

The silicon chip inside her head.
It is changed to overload
And no one goes to school today.
She'll make them stay at home.
And dad does not understand
He always said she was as good as gold.
And he can not see reason
Because there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be sure?

Oh, oh, oh tell me why
I do not like Mondays

Tell me why
I do not like Mondays

Tell me why
I do not like Mondays
I want to shoot
The whole day

The Telex machine is kept so clean
As he types into a waiting world
And the mother feels so shocked
Father's world is shaken
And your thoughts turn to your own little girl.
Sweet sixteen is not that sharp peach
Now, it's not so cool to admit defeat.
They can not see motives
Because there are no reasons
What reason do you need oh, woah

Tell me why
I do not like Mondays

Tell me why
I do not like Mondays

Tell me why
I do not like Mondays
I want to shoot
The whole day
Down down
Shoot everything down

The whole game stopped at the playground now.
She wants to play with her toys a little
And the school leaves early and soon we will be learning
And the lesson today is how to die.
And then the megaphone pops
And the captain attacks
With the problems and how and why
And he can not see why
Because there are no reasons
What reason do you need to die?

Oh, oh, oh and the silicon chip inside her head
It is changed to overload
And no one goes to school today.
She'll make them stay at home.
And dad does not understand
He always said she was as good as gold.
And he can not see reason
Because there are no reasons
What reason do you need to be sure?

Living in poverty, his father was described as an anti-social hunting enthusiast who left bottles of whiskey and beer cans strewn around the house.

A young Brenda was shy and introverted and abused by drugs showing little interest in schoolwork.

She told a friend about having fantasies about being a sniper and killing people – but despite a psychiatric evaluation in December 1978 that determined she should be hospitalized, her father refused to court her.

In fact, although the doctors told him that his depressed daughter was a danger to herself and others, he gave her a rifle weeks later as a Christmas present.

Upon receiving the gun, Brenda said, "I felt he wanted me to kill myself."

    In 1979, school shooting was not common and killing caused shockwaves in the United States.
In 1979, school shooting was not common and killing caused shockwaves in the United States.
    A teenager Spencer is taken away from school by police officers

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A teenager Spencer is taken away from school by police officers


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