Students Learn The System in Mock Trial


Many Columbian Elementary students got the chance to visit the Federal Courthouse in Omaha to witness a trial.

In the mock trial, the Plaintiff was Humpty Dumpty. The defendant was Sherman King, a car dealer who hired Humpty Dumpty to sit on a wall for his summer promotion.

However, after Humpty Dumpty fell, he took King to court for damages.

The mock trial was a safe way to get kids in the courtroom to see what the legal system is really like.

A student jury got to decide whether it was Humpty Dumpty who was careless up on the wall, or if Sherman King didn't provide a safe structure.

In deliberation, students weighted both sides, and ended up deciding that both parties were to blame.

Kids loved having the experience. Some think they might have found a future career.

Alexandria Schmidt, a 5th grader at Columbian Elementary said, “I like talking, and I like arguing, I like standing up for who I think is right, and what I think is right.”

“It'd be a neat thing to do," said Jeremy Dow, another 5th grader at Columbian Elementary.

Friday's mock trial was put on by the Omaha Bar Association with help from actors from the Rose Theater.


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