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Curly Pig (left), played by a teacher from Hale Kula Elementary School on Schofield Barracks, awaits his verdict during a mock trial for fourth- and fifth-grade students, May 16.

Curly Pig (left), played by a teacher from Hale Kula Elementary School on Schofield Barracks, awaits his verdict during a mock trial for fourth- and fifth-grade students, May 16.

Story and Photos by
Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

8th TSC brings the courtroom to the classroom for Law Day

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Members of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command performed a mock trial for students at Hale Kula Elementary School, here, May 16.

The theme of the trial was “The Big Bad Wolf v. Curly Pig,” in which Curly Pig was accused of attempted wolf cooking.

The trial was presented to the fourth- and fifth-grade student body to educate students about the legal system and their civil rights.

“Today, we are here to educate the children and get them involved to make sure that they become more educated about our legal system,” said Maj. C. Jack Marks, special projects coordinator, Office of Staff Judge Advocate, 8th TSC.

During the trial, lawyers presented valid arguments for the defendant, the wolf, and the accused, the pig.

After arguments were presented to the student body, students voted on whom they thought had been wrongfully accused.

“We are trying to bring a story that the kids are familiar with and trying to infuse the legal system into it,” Marks said.

Even though different verdicts were given by the fourth- and fifth-grade classes, students understood the court process.

“We wanted to involve everyone — from teachers to principals, to educators, to retirees — and we wanted to educate not only children, but adults as well,” Marks said. “It had them reflect on what they thought the legal system should be.”

 

Attorneys from OSJA, 8th TSC, assist fifth-grade students from Audra Bradshaw’s class at Solomon Elementary School, as the class gets ready for a mock trial presentation, recently.

Attorneys from OSJA, 8th TSC, assist fifth-grade students from Audra Bradshaw’s class at Solomon Elementary School, as the class gets ready for a mock trial presentation, recently.

Students also learned about the court system and how a case is adjudicated. Soldiers taught students that everyone in the U.S. has rights, and even someone like the Big Bad Wolf has the right to bring his grievances to a court of law.

“The trial was important, because at a young age, you want children to start to understand that they have rights, and that it is important for them to celebrate those rights,” said Capt. Erik Smith, operational law attorney, OSJA, 8th TSC. “With this type of thing, the lawyers have to be very careful to bring the concept down to a level that the children can understand and digest.”

Each year, the American Bar Association comes up with a different theme celebrating the country’s commitment to the rule of law. This year’s theme was “The Legacy of John Adam from Boston to Guantanamo.”

In essence, the Law Day observance recognizes due process rights under the U.S. Constitution, as well as the rights of the accused.

The mock trial aimed to teach students to stand up for what is right, even positions that may be unpopular.

“If only one thing sticks with the children, you can say that it was a success,” Smith said.

 

 

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