WMDS Students Participate in Mock Trial
Students in Dennis Preston's summer school class "CSI: Waynesville" learned about the justice system and use of evidence in court with the help of Waynesville attorney David Lowe.
Lowe helped lead students through a scripted mock trial involving an alleged theft at a school with students serving as the victim, defendant, judge, bailiff, witnesses and jury members.
“The mock trial allows the students to immerse themselves into the trial process and learn about our justice system. This hands-on approach makes it both fun and interesting for the students, and encourages their participation," Lowe says. “They have to decide whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty.”
Aiding Lowe with the trial were his son, Jon Lowe, and his legal assistant, Jacquelyn Sommers.
Preston's CSI: Waynesville class involves labs where students use science and math to work toward solutions to various crime scenarios.
“After taking my summer class, students no longer question how math and science will be used in the real world,” Preston says. “They realize that both math and science play important roles in our legal system.”
Other guest speakers this summer included Sgt. Cody Fulkerson from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Meagan McCormick from the State Crime Lab in Springfield.
“I so appreciate these experts volunteering to spend time in the classroom,” Preston says. “We have such a great community and I am grateful for them sharing their expertise with our students.”