Reality Training: Interviewing George Zimmerman’s girlfriend
Recently leaked video of the interview of Samantha Scheibe by the Seminole County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office prompts an opportunity for discussion about interviews with victims of suspected criminal activity
In mid-November 2013, George Zimmerman was arrested after his girlfriend — Samantha Scheibe — called 911 and claimed he had smashed a glass table, threatened her with a shotgun, and pushed her out of the house, according to reports. Zimmerman then reportedly pushed Scheibe from the home, barricaded the door with furniture, and called 911 himself, saying, “I have a girlfriend, who, for lack of a better word, has gone crazy on me.”
Although Scheibe ultimately declined to press charges, news of this domestic dispute held a high position in the national media for several news cycles. Now, because ZimmermanVerdict.net leaked video of the interview of Samantha Scheibe conducted by the Seminole County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office, this incident is again making salacious headlines.
The video contains very little — if any — news value, but it does prompt an opportunity for discussion about interviews with victims of suspected criminal activity. As you watch the video, consider these questions:
• What does Samantha Scheibe’s body language tell you? What about her verbally articulated replies? What about the positioning of her chair? Are you able to piece together some conclusions?
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