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Students learn legal system inside real courtroom

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Students learned about the legal system inside a real courtroom.

Annie Camp Junior High students arranged a mock trial Wednesday morning to better study To Kill a Mockingbird.

The students are studying the obstruction of justice charge the book focuses on.

Eighth and ninth grade students had court at the Craighead County Courthouse.

Teacher Mike McCurry served as judge and said Jonesboro Public Schools encourages these types of lessons.

“They really push for us to try to get more hands-on life skill things for the students, and this is something that our students really enjoy,” McCurry said. “It gives them a chance to see how the legal system works.”

Judge Cindy Thyer met with the students before the trial to answer questions about being a judge.

The students asked her many questions including where she attended school, how she became a judge and courtroom proceedings.

This is the second year for Annie Camp students to have a mock trial based on the famous book. 

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