Human Dignity club screens documentary “Youth Under Fire”

The documentary examines the effects of gun violence in Kansas City, Columbine and Los Angeles.


Juniors Natalie Telep, left, and Gabrielle Mesa sit in the auditorium to watch the screening of “Youth Under Fire” March 26. Speaker and director of Higher M-Pact Tyrone Flowers answered questions following the screening. photo by Trang Nguyen

by Julia Kerrigan, Opinion Editor

During activity March 26, Human Dignity club screened the documentary “Youth Under Fire,” which examines violence in Kansas City, Columbine and Los Angeles, and its effects on the youth in those communities.

Tyrone Flowers, the founder and director of Higher M-Pact answered questions afterward. The Higher M-Pact website describes the organization as “a community-based organization dedicated to transforming today’s high-risk urban youth into tomorrow’s leaders.”

At first, junior Natalie Telep explains her initial surprise from “Youth Under Fire.”

“During the screening, I was shocked at the first hand experiences that the people in the documentary shared,” Telep said.

Telep thought that the screening was extremely important because it’s relevant to what students are dealing with today.

“Hearing about all these tragic shootings is awful, especially since they’re happening so frequently,” Telep said. “Hearing about the terrifying details of a shooting is never something we want to hear, but I think it’s something we need to hear.”

She relates to the violence in the documentary because one of her family members in Aurora, Colorado was involved in gun violence.

“My cousin was directly affected by gun violence, and I feel like there is so much more that can be done to prevent senseless acts of violence,” Telep said.