Sheila Kearns is a 58 year-old grandmother and high school substitute teacher, currently living in Ohio. She’s also now in jail, on a felony conviction, for showing the film “The ABCs of Death” to her high school students.
On March 4, Ms. Kearns was convicted for “disseminating matter harmful to juveniles,” sentenced to a three-month stint in jail on top of three years worth of probation. Outraged by the turn of events, the film’s producers, Ant Timpson and Tim League, started up an Indiegogo account with the intent to free Sheila.
“The ABCs of Death” is a horror anthology for which 26 directors each directed a short loosely connected to the theme of death and an arbitrary letter of the alphabet.
“We’re not here to argue the merits of our film. We’re simply here to raise money for Sheila Kearns appeal,” Timpson explains on the fundraising page. “We think that sending a 58-yr old grandmother to jail for a victimless crime is utterly abhorrent. It’s the kind of thing you expect to hear from some far flung corner of the earth not from the good ol USA.”
According to Timpson, the amount of money needed to effectively appeal the conviction is far out of Kearns’ reach. The Indiegogo page lists a goal of $15,000 with, as of this writing, $3,782 raised.
With Kearns’ job and career lost, and the humiliating process of the conviction not close to finished, the efforts of Timpson and League to help are vital. According to the fundraising page, there are still 13 days left to donate and help out.
Visit the Indiegogo page here to donate, and/or to read more about the story.