Merritt second grade class holds mock trial

Niles, Mich. Second graders at Merritt Elementary in Niles spent part of their day in court.

Well, it was a courtroom set up in their media center for a mock trial.

Attorney Steve Wolfram played judge today as the students had to decide whether or not the Big Bad Wolf was guilty.

The trial was based off the story of the three little pigs.

The kids dressed as pigs, the jury, court clerk, prosecutor, defense lawyer and more.

The students spent about 20 minutes questioning witnesses, before the jury went into the hall to deliberate.

The first time they came back it was a hung jury.

The second time, they found the wolf innocent.

“We wanted the kids to be aware of another part of our community, they are very aware of police and fireman and nurses and teachers but this was kind of a different aspect and we just wanted to bring something new to them,” second grade teacher Jan Oltman said.

St. Joe Michigan attorney Steve Wolfram was impressed with how the students handled the trial.

“I was surprised really at how well second graders were able to grasp the concepts of how a trail worked and what their rights were,” he said.
This was the first year Merritt Elementary participated in the mock trial.

Oltman says she hopes they do it again next year.

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