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Capitol Police Sergeant Testifies About January 6th Insurrection

The House of Representatives recently heard testimony from Capitol Police officers who defended the Capitol against attack by domestic extremists on January 6, 2021. One of the officers, Sergeant Aquilino Gonell, described the trauma he experienced that day and its impact on his physical and mental health. He received praise for his testimony, and also some criticism. Listen to hear a police sergeant describe his experiences during the attack and its aftermath, and learn why he calls the criticism he has received “a disgrace.”


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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