As reported by KVIA News: Tuesday was career day for fourth grade students at St. Clement's Parish School. As part of the event, students participated in a mock trial. The person on trial? Infamous fictional character Goldilocks. The famously-indecisive suspect was on trial for having bad manners. After a lot of deliberation, a jury of students handed down a verdict-- not guilty. Students participated by filling each role in the legal process. The fourth graders became lawyers, plaintiffs, judges, and jury members.
"It tells them that this is their system, they're part of democracy too. It's very important they get to see this first-hand," says program organizer Omar Carmona, who is also a practicing attorney.
St. Clement's says it will plan similar events for its students in the future.
"A distinctive characteristic of this school is how enduring the convictions of its founders have been. There have been many changes over the years, but each has grown out of the original beliefs in a strong curriculum, a healthy athletic and play program, a strong sense of Christian principle, and a realization that an education community is most successful when every member contributes to it."
- Cynthia Gore, Fall 1988, President, School Board of Trustees