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Footage of Kennedy assassination used as teaching tool in Oklahoma City high school

by Tim Willert Published: November 17, 2013

Londaryl Perry is still about a month away from teaching students about John F. Kennedy and his contributions to the Civil Rights movement.

For now, the Great Depression is taking precedent.

But Perry, a history teacher at Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering in Oklahoma City, is not about to let the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death pass without discussing it with his young charges.

“I think it's important to know what this man has done for us, people of color, women and our movements throughout history,” he said Friday. “Those kids need to understand. They need to see. That's when you take time to reflect.”

Perry, like he did last year, will show footage of the president's Nov. 22, 1963, assassination in Dallas. He warns students to be prepared for about they're going to see.

“It's so graphic you can see the kids almost express anger,” Perry said. “They're trying to grasp why someone would do that to the president.”

Perry coaches volleyball and basketball and serves as the school's athletic director. Kids, he said, are not as emotionally attached to death because of social media and video games.

“They think you can reset life, almost,” he said. “But when you see Jackie Kennedy grabbing her husband's head … then you see a real change in those kids watching. They become more sensitive to what really has taken place and knowing that it is real.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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