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POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO WAS ON THE SCENE AT ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE MASSACRE TO SHARE HIS EXPERIENCE WITH STUDENTS

MONTREAL, DECEMBER 1, 2014 –  On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre, Social Studies students at Royal West Academy (189 Easton) in Montreal West will hear from the police photographer who was among the first on the scene.  Harold Rosenberg will visit the school on Wednesday, December 3 (1:15 p.m.) along with TV producer Frank Opolko who recently collaborated with him on a video about those events.

For 45 minutes on Dec. 6, 1989 an enraged gunman roamed the corridors of Montreal's École Polytechnique and killed 14 women. Marc Lepine, 25, separated the men from the women and before opening fire on the classroom of female engineering students he screamed, "I hate feminists." Almost immediately, the Montreal Massacre became a galvanizing moment in which mourning turned into outrage about all violence against women.

Rosenberg was a Montreal Police civilian photographer for 30 years,  doing crime scenes, mug shots, public relation photos and other assignments. It was most often unpleasant scenes
“Upon arrival at the Ecole Polytechnique, I saw cameras, microphones and press people throughout the exterior parking lot near the main building,” he relates. “Upon entering, I saw that the room was full of police people whom I recognized, all sitting and chatting among themselves. I sat next to Steven Roberts, a neighbourhood investigator from station 31 in Plaza Cote des Neiges and asked him what was going on. He replied that 14 people were dead.”

Social Studies teacher  Angelos Diacoumacos notes that none of his students were even alive when this occurred, but it is a sad part of Montreal history that they should know about.   

The talk will take place in the school library.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca