Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)

Album: Exhibit B: The Human Condition (2010)


  • This song tells the story of the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007, where 32 people were killed. The slaughter was the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in US history and this song recounts the tragedy through the eyes of the perpetrator Seung-Hui Cho. Exodus stopped playing the tune live after the Sandy Hook shooting.
  • Other songs inspired by the Virginia Tech massacre include:

    "Triple Mass" by Flipper
    "Without You" by The Feeling
    "Singing Man" by The Roots
  • On August 24, 2014 James Evans, a 31-year-old Exodus fan posted lyrics to the song on Facebook

    Student bodies lying dead in the halls
    A blood splattered treatise of hate
    Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate

    Multiple agencies received calls concerned about the post, resulting in Evans' arrest as, "he threatened to kill students and or staff at school." Evans was placed in the Muhlenberg County Detention Center before being released eight days later.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks


MetallicaFact or Fiction

Beef with Bon Jovi? An unfortunate Spandex period? See if you can spot the true stories in this Metallica version of Fact or Fiction.

Bill Withers

Bill WithersSongwriter Interviews

Soul music legend Bill Withers on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman Jack

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman JackSong Writing

The story of the legendary lupine DJ through the songs he inspired.

The Police

The PoliceFact or Fiction

Do their first three albums have French titles? Is "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" really meaningless? See if you can tell in this Fact or Fiction.

Francesca Battistelli

Francesca BattistelliSongwriter Interviews

The 2011 Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards isn't your typical gospel diva, and she thinks that's a good thing.

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"They're Playing My Song

Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.