Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)

Album: Exhibit B: The Human Condition (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • 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.

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