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This is a must see for Secondary students. It builds understanding, empathy and critical thinking about school shootings. And the film, available on Netflix, is beautiful, poetic and serious.
"Tower" (2016), an animated documentary, tells the story of a sniper attack that took place in a clock tower on August 1st, 1966 at the University of Texas of Austin. The film recreates the events through real footage, survivor reports and dramatized scenes. The genre is inventive and surprising.
The event at the University of Texas at Austen is widely recognized as the first modern mass shooting. Today it is estimated that school shootings happen in the US approximately three times a month. We now have protocols to deal with active threats in educational and public setting. The film provides a historical perspective on how the discourse on school shootings has changed over the last half-century.
I have created a Comparison Chart for students to complete while viewing the film. Students are asked to track how we view these situations and how we view these attackers.
"Tower" (2016), directed by Keith Maitland is available on Netflix