In 2013, I conducted an interview with Jennifer Garcia, the first grade teacher of a little boy named Gabriel Fernandez.
My interview has since garnered over 3 million views.
The reason the video went viral is because Gabriel should be alive today. His teacher reported abuses to the correct authorities and others did what they were supposed to do, too. But too many others did nothing–so little Gabriel, broken and beaten, fell through the cracks of a still-broken CPS system.
So tonight, February 26, Gabriel’s story will be featured in a new documentary entitled, ‘The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez’ by filmmaker Brian Knappenberger.
“This series is a quest for justice,” says Knappenberger, whose past films include “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” for which he won the Writer’s Guild best documentary screenplay award. “And it’s a quest for answering some of the questions about what happened here, to some degree just exploring this mystery and coming to terms with happened to Gabriel.”
Since 2013 PolitiChicks has continued to follow Gabriel’s story and the subsequent trial (and life sentences) of his mother and her boyfriend. Our goal has been to remind our readers that Gabriel, and others like him, are too easily neglected by a too-easily unregulated and unmonitored system. All of us at PolitiChicks are grateful that this story is finally getting a larger audience, to hopefully bring attention to the giant cracks that still exist in the CPS system throughout the nation.We will certainly be watching.
Here is my original interview with Jennifer Garcia, who will be featured in the documentary.