Yesterday ABC News flashed a YouTube trailer for the film “Parkland: Inside Building 12”, directed by Charlie Minn, from Dreamscape Media (no connection to Dreamworks).
The documentary traces in detail the movements of the shooter in Building 12 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentines Day, February 14, 2018. The film shows the shooter with a black dot, and the students and teachers in the rooms with green dots. The film then moves on to document the arrest and the histories of the victims.
The first forty minutes of the film have graphic accounts by the teachers and students, with some cell phone footage (although not David Hogg’s). It then traces the movements of the police officer from a neighboring town who arrested the shooter walking in the street 82 minutes later. Then it goes through the list of 17 victims and gives testimonials to them. Finally, it shows Emma Gonzalez speaking at a huge rally in Washington DC, March 24, 2018.
The film discusses the apparent lack of appropriate response of Scholl Resource Officer (as a sheriff’s deputy) Scot Peterson, who is described as “cowardly”, news story on current litigation. However, any teacher could have been placed in that kind of a position. I would not have been able to deal with that when working as a sub (2004-2007).
There is audio of a student, shot, begging for help, and the teachers cannot leaver the room because they don’t know if it is the shooter pretending to be a victim.
I was at that rally in the street. I wish we could assemble that way now, without masks.
The film has a site. I watched it HD rental on Amazon Prime for $1.99 (but you can watch if free with ads, and you can watch it from IMDB).
I have a review of the 2019 film “After Parkland” on a Wordpress blog.
I support reasonable gun control, closing loopholes, background checks, and the like. But I cannot join one side as an activist demanding more. I can’t personally decide whether it is more important that a pregnant mom in Florida be able to protect her family during a home invasion, or whether it is more important to protect kids in a public space. I cannot make such a choice.
Picture: Embed from Wikipedia of sheriff's deputy, click for attribution, p.d.