One Mother’s Fire: The Gail Minger Story

In the early morning hours of September 18, 1998, fire broke out on the campus of Murray State University in Kentucky. Nineteen-year-old music and journalism student Michael Minger, who suffered from spatial disorientation and was mildly autistic, died in the fire.

His mother, Gail Minger, received the news a few hours later and has not stopped searching for answers since that phone call. She worked to uncover the web of lies and negligence that led to Michael’s death — factors that contributed to the tragedy almost as much as the arsonist who actually set the dorm ablaze.

These events steel her resolve to fight for change that can save the lives of other students like Michael; that will force accountability for those who hold the welfare of the nation’s children without regard. She is one of the leading activists for campus safety and a force for legislation around the country.

Director:  Diana Nicolae

Playing: Saturday, 2:35 p.m. – Dante Hall

Runtime: 26 minutes