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Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays: Making Brenda Ann Spencer a Star

One minute Brenda Ann Spencer is a 16-year old shooting up an elementary school for the most ridiculous reason. The next thing you know, a star is born from a devastating mass school shooting.

Brenda Ann Spencer: A Movie in the Making

Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli entertainer. The 25-year-old star is a composer, singer, songwriter, model, DJ, musician and, of course, actress. 

Tayeb is set to star in a film loosely based on the school shootings that took place at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, CA on January 29, 1979.

At the age of 16, she took a loaded gun, and began shooting at the school from her home just across the street. 

Brenda Ann Spencer in Shackles
Brenda Ann Spencer in Shackles. Image Source: Genius

Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays

The independent movie, which is entitled, Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays, is a collaboration funded by:

  • Financier Adi Cohen
  • Kevin Dewalt
  • Douglas Falconer
  • Regal Entertainment

It touches on the San Diego school shooting of 1979. It’s unclear just how much of the film is actually a true story at this time.

The San Diego School Shootings: The Beginning to the End

Mass shootings were not as common as they are now back in 1962. This alone made the incident a media sensation, as the world watched in horror. 

When the shooting finally stopped, Brenda Ann Spencer had:

  • Killed two people (the school’s principal and custodian)
  • Left eight others wounded

Spencer had been allowed to stay home from school that day because she told her father she was ill. When he left for work, it was about 7:00 in the morning.

By 8:30 AM, the children could be seen from the Spencer home’s living room window lining up to go inside the San Diego elementary school.

It was at that moment that she took aim with a loaded .22 caliber rifle, and began shooting at anyone moving at the school from across the street.

The only reason she stopped shooting is because she was forced to. At some point, a San Diego police officer came up with a creative idea to bring a stop to the turmoil being caused from the house across the street from Grover.

He hopped inside a trash truck. Then, proceeded to start it up. He drove the garbage truck right in front of the Spencer home, blocking Brenda’s view of the school.

Although she could no longer see the school, the teen kept shooting, causing the SD police officer to get hit. But his bravery did NOT go unnoticed. 

Eventually, the San Diego Swat Team was able to surround the Spencer home and take the teen into custody.

SDPD Surround the Spencer Home Before Taking Brenda Ann Into Custody
SDPD Surround the Spencer Home Before Taking Brenda Ann Into Custody. Image Source: NY Daily News

How Did Brenda Ann Spencer Become So Famous?

Press interviewed young Brenda Ann Spencer after her capture and arrest. The San Diego teen school shooter was asked why she carried out such a devastating deadly deed. She reportedly told the reporter simply:

I don’t like Mondays.

The independent film touches on this incident. It’s title ‘Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays‘ is a play on Brenda’s response to the police.

Ninet Tayeb is set to play the girlfriend of Wallace Spencer, Brenda’s father, in the upcoming film about the San Diego school shooting. The soundtrack will be released by Universal Records.

About Brenda Ann Spencer: The Making of a Monster

Even from an early age, Spencer identified with being born gay. She lived with her father full-time after her parents separated. 

According to Brenda, together, they lived in poverty. A single mattress thrown on the floor of the living room was her bed. 

Not only was Wallace Spencer a certified alcoholic, but according to Brenda’s statement, her father started fondling her when she was just nine years old. And, the molestation continued nightly from there until her arrest.

She claims this is what led her to start abusing weed, downers and alcohol herself.

In 1978, Brenda Spencer was a enrolled at a school for problem students because of truancy. Staff there warned the teen’s father that she was suicidal. He didn’t take it seriously.

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Brenda Ann Spencer’s FIRST School Shooting Incident

That same summer, she was arrested for a different type of school shooting.

In hindsight, this arrest should have been a sign of some sort. She was taken into custody for burglary and of all things… shooting a BB gun.

The teen had broken INTO Cleveland Elementary, and was found shooting the BB gun out of the school’s windows. She was placed on probation.

That December, her probation officer had her go through a psychiatric evaluation. The psychiatrist diagnosed her with depression and recommended she be treated in a mental hospital. Once again, her father refused to get her help.

In 1978, Brenda asked her father for a radio for Christmas. For some reason, he gave her a .22 caliber rifle instead. It came complete with a telescopic sight, and an almost endless supply of bullets… 500 rounds to be exact.

When the teen was asked why she thinks her father gave her a gun instead of a radio, she replied:

I felt like he wanted me to kill myself.

Where Is Brenda Ann Spencer Now?

Brenda Spencer Parole Hearing
Brenda Spencer Parole Hearing. Image Source: YouTube

At the time of her arrest, Brenda Ann Spencer was charged with:

  1. One count of assault with a deadly weapon
  2. Two counts of murder

The 16-year-old was charged, tried and convicted as an adult. She was sentenced to 25-years-to-life on April 4, 1980, just one day after her 18th birthday. 

Today, Brenda Ann Spencer is CDCR Inmate #W14944. The now 56-year-old had been housed at he California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona, CA. since April 14, 1980.

Since her incarceration, Spencer has suffered epileptic seizures, for which she’s currently being treated. She’s also being treated for depression inside CIW

Spencer has been keeping herself occupied in the Southern California CDCR prison. She’s currently in a prison job program where the mass school shooter repairs electronics. 

After being denied parole several times, she’s up for parole again in 2019. This will be hearing number five for the aging woman inmate. 

She better hope the next one doesn’t take place on a Monday. We all know how detrimental that could be to her future. 

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