Preview – I Shot My Parents

I Shot My Parents

‘Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.’ This is a familiar cry from the vocal gun lobby in the United States and in a week when another fatal shooting incident at an American High School is making headlines, this documentary looks at the case a youth who shot both his parents.

On average, five parents a week are killed by their children in the United States. I Shot My Parents, is a compelling hour-long study of the case of 14-year-old Nathon Brooks from Washington State who in 2013 shot his parents while they slept. Miraculously they both survived.

With unique access to Nathon, his family and the police who attended the crime scene, this film unpicks what happened on the night of the shootings and asks what led a boy from a seemingly normal middle-class family to attempt to commit such an unimaginable crime. The answer is incomprehensibly simple but it seems it is one that America does not yet want to acknowledge.

I Shot My Parents – Tuesday 10.00pm on Three.

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