The 1980's had its share of scary movies. A nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Halloween were huge box office smashes. Although those movies were considered frightening, I never felt that way about them. Those movies were filled with situations that could never happen in real life.
The first time I truly was scared from watching a movie was 1985. The movie was spine-chilling,bloodcurdling,and alarming. The Atlanta Child Murders was a mini-series that told the story of 28 black children/young adults that were killed in Atlanta, Georgia between 1979 and 1981. I was around the age thosse kids. That movie shook me to my core. After watching The Atlanta Child Murders, I had sleeples nights from the nightmares of someone picking me up while I was asleep, removing from my home and then killing me. It's been over 30 years since a movie/mini-series shook me like the Atlant Child Murders Miniseries did.
The Netflix original mini-series, When They See Us took me back to those sleepless nights I had after watching the Atlanta Child Murders mini-series. When They See Us is the story of 5 Black and Latino boys that were falsely accused of raping a White woman in Central Park. The boys ranged in ages from 14 to 16 and served years in prison. Known today as The Exonerated Five, their stories were unfathomable, creepy, eerie, and shocking.
I didn't have sleepless nights watching this series but their stories resonated with me. The Exonerated 5 made me want to learn more about what to do if you are ever in police custody. It also made me think about how we need to do a better job teaching students what their rights are and why it is important to know them.
The journey of life always keeps me teaching and learning even when the subject matter is unnerving.