A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
ABOUT THE FILM
The Student, The Survivor, The Shooter and The Sheriff is a feature-length documentary about the bizarre shooting-rampage phenomenon at schools in America. The film examines the past, present, and future of this uniquely American crisis through some extraordinary characters with a deep — and in some cases terrifying — connection to both the carnage and the powerful new push for change.
Kaylee Tyner attended Columbine High School, and graduated in the spring of 2019, 20 years after the infamous massacre there in 1999. She is the embodiment of the patience, resilience, maturity and political savvy that will be required if this new generation of student activists hopes to extend their fury and influence beyond social media to produce impact at the state and federal level.
Samantha Haviland, a Columbine High School survivor, is now the Director of Counseling for the Denver Public Schools. She traveled the country 20 years ago, after the massacre there, to raise awareness about that tragedy and its causes —and consequences. Now she's on the front lines working to address the mental health needs of students with limited public resources.
Tatiana Washington, a high school senior from
Milwaukee has seen first hand the disproportionate impact of gun violence in communities of color. And as the daughter of two police officers, she has a unique perspective. She is part of a group of students who met in Washington to propose initiatives to address the growing threat.
John LaDue planned a shooting in 2014 at his own high school in the small rural community of Waseca, Minnesota. He was caught shortly before he could carry out his deadly attack. Out of jail now, John opens up about his spiral downward into the abyss, why he wanted to kill, and the clarity that he now has about violence.
Aaron Stark who shocked his family by admitting to them as they watched news coverage of the Parkland shooting, that some 20 years earlier he had become so despondent and angry that he hatched a plan to kill dozens at his high school in North Denver. But just days before he was set to attack, something happened that not only caused him to abandon his plan but in the process also put him on a new path.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock, a staunch Republican and proud NRA member was on duty when shots rang out at Columbine High School, during the mass-casualty shootings at Arapahoe High School and at the Aurora movie theater. But it wasn't until a shooting on New Years Eve, one year ago, that took the life of one of his deputies that Tony changed the way he thinks about these deadly shootings. As a result, he began a campaign that would take him to the state capitol and eventually into the eye of an unexpected and explosive political storm.