Chico students take part in Mock Trial with Butte County Superior Court

Fifth Grade students in Chico take part in a virtual mock trial at the Butte County Courthouse via Zoom after their field trip was canceled because of the Coronavirus.

Posted: May 20, 2020 5:27 PM
Updated: May 20, 2020 5:41 PM

CHICO, CALIF. - COVID-19 changed the end of the year studies for students in Beth Geise's 5th Grade class at Chico's Hooker Oak School.

Spring field trips were canceled, including a three-day overnight trip to the Bay Area and a visit to the Butte County Superior Courthouse.

So instead of hosting the mock trial they had planned in person, Judge Kristen Lucena agreed to take part in a Zoom meeting that covered several lessons.

The virtual lesson involved 27 students, guest judges, and the Chico Schools Superintendent Kelly Staley and Chico State faculty member, Dr. Kidwell with the School of Education.

Geise told Action News Now that students had to complete several assignments to prepare for the experience.

The learned about what a Judge is, about the three branches of government, Checks, and Balances, the 6th and 7th Amendments, and the U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Geise also said she hopes the kids to came away with a greater appreciation for their freedoms, as compared to those during the Salem Witch Trial era.

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