CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Kanawha County Judicial Annex attracted a younger group than usual this morning.
Third-grade students from Overbrook Elementary took the Big Bad Wolf to a mock trial. Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom presided as the kids took matters into their own hands in the courtroom. Students played judge, jury, and other roles getting a first-hand look inside a courthouse for a positive reason.
“They’ve loved it! They’ve been really excited for days. They’re visiting the holding cell right now which is a little unnerving, but they said they don’t ever want to be in there so it encourages them to make good decisions,” Stephenie Haynes, a third-grade teacher at Overbrook Elementary, said. “And I think they’ve learned with hands-on, so its all different learning styles and it’s just a unique opportunity and we appreciate the community for letting us do something so unique.”
The mock trial stems from the students learning about government in the classroom.