Paper Tigers trailer…a peek into documentary about Lincoln High School

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Documentary filmmaker James Redford released the trailer for Paper Tigers, a documentary that follows four teens who attend Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Lincoln was the first high school in the country to integrate trauma-informed and resilience-building practices, which resulted in an 85 percent decline in suspensions and a 40% decline in expulsions after the first year. After four years, suspensions had dropped 90 percent, expulsions dropped to zero, and graduation rates increased five-fold.

The documentary will be released early next year. Here’s info from the Paper Tigers web site:

Over one million children are being exposed to a toxicity that dooms them to become obese, drug and sex addicts, risk-takers and criminals. This toxin is very real and very damaging. You can’t hold it, see it or smell it, but it can kill just the same. This is the toxin of childhood trauma and stress, and ACES examines the latest understanding of how our adverse experiences alter us for life – and what we can do to overcome it. As Families. As Parents. As children.


Paper Tigers captures the pain, the danger, the beauty, and the hopes of struggling teens—and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their lives for the better.  

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  1. I watched the movie this past weekend, at the Youth Leadership Symposium at Dillingham, and I was wondering if you have the DVD, so I can show my school and community the movie.


  2. I was able to watch a screening of this at our state administrator’s conference this week. I would love to have our whole staff watch this. Can we purchase a DVD or do you have a release date? Thanks-


  3. I live in walla walla and have been following Linclon High School and the work they have been doing. I know 4 of the students that were fetured in the film about the LHS Health Center. Keep up the good work and i look forward to the movie. i posted and linked the trailer to all my FB ppl. I read most of the posts on ACEs TOO HIGH. dont stop i have a score of 6 BTW, 5 on the short survey and 1 survivor of a major TBI at age 6.


  4. Is there a way I could put the link to this documentary trailer on Facebook? Would like to share this with my colleagues in a wider way than individually forwarding your email. Thank you for considering this, Juliana


    • Juliana — The folks who work with James Redford said that once the distribution arrangements have been completed for the documentary, they’ll be able to provide an embeddable version. Until then, you can link to the web site. And I’ll post info here when the embeddable version is available.
      — J.


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