**Teen Court will be in session September 1, 2016

Monthly Archive:December 2015

ByRonda Manuel

Teen Court Holds Mock Trial Over Bullying

Teen Court Holds Mock Trial Over Bullying

LAWTON, Okla._The Lawton Teen Court held a mock trial on bullying at Almor West Elementary School Thursday.

The theme featured cameos from a few favorite holiday characters. Santa’s reindeer who, as you know, were mean to Rudolph set the stage for a mock trial over bullying.

“Show them that bullying is wrong. You’re not supposed to bully people. Teach them a lesson they understand with Rudolph and the other reindeer. If we can teach them that bullying is wrong at a young age, we can irradiate bullying completely,” Ben Bolin, a junior at MacArthur High School, explained.

Bolin also recommended that children older than 12 join Teen Court so they can make a positive impact in their lives and the community.

Thursday, 12/10/2015 – 7:00 pm KSWO
ByRonda Manuel

Vixen on the Naughty List

Trial proves bullying is no reindeer game.

The defense for longtime reindeer and member of Santa Claus’ beloved sleigh-pulling team, Vixen, was not good.

His trial, conducted Thursday afternoon at Almor West Elementary School, concluded following testimony from multiple eye-witnesses, including Mr. Claus himself, and the jury determined he was unequivocally guilty of “un-reindeer-like behavior” for ostracizing and bullying Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The students at Almor West helped the panel of reindeer jurors determine his punishment, sentencing Vixen to the maximum and suspending him from pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve to send a clear message¬† bullying friends is unacceptable.

Fourteen volunteers from Teen Court, a group of local youth volunteers who try and sentence young offenders facing charges in the Comanche County juvenile courts, conducted the mock trial presentation before the elementary school students, playing the roles of the all-star reindeer team, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and the lawyers and judges who represented Vixen and Rudolph.

The case began when a group of reindeer were spotted laughing at Rudolph’s red nose, calling him names and shoving him in the barn prior to Christmas Eve. A concerned Dasher notified Santa, and Sheriff Rein Deere arrested the culprit Vixen.

Dasher and Santa both testified they witnessed Vixen shoving Rudolph and making fun of him, even though Santa said both reindeer are typically well-behaved. Dasher said this isn’t the first time Vixen has been mean to another, and the defendant said during direct examination that it’s okay to be mean to others “if they’re different.”

The victim corroborated all the testimony before the closing arguments. Both attorneys essentially concluded that what Vixen did was wrong, and he should be punished.

The audience agreed Vixen should face the harshest punishment and ordered him to serve four jury duty sessions, write an apology, perform 40 hours of barn cleaning service and attend classes on how to be a kind reindeer.

Fri, 12/11/2015 – 3:26am Malinda Rust, SWOKnews.com
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