Judicial System on Display at Maplewood

Papa Bear seems to have an idea who the responsible party was.
Papa Bear seems to have an idea who the responsible party was.
The prosecution reads the charges.
The prosecution reads the charges.
Court officers had to keep an eye on the Big Bad Wolf.
Court officers had to keep an eye on the Big Bad Wolf.
Even Goldilocks's BFF Little Red Riding Hood had to testify.
Even Goldilocks's BFF Little Red Riding Hood had to testify.
The defense presented a strong case as they cross-examined the witnesses.
The defense presented a strong case as they cross-examined the witnesses.
The Honorable Judge Dermot O'Connor looks for order in his court.
The Honorable Judge Dermot O'Connor looks for order in his court.
The prosecution rests their case.
The prosecution rests their case.
Lawyers Suzanne Manaseri and Glen Vogel, instruct the jury.
Lawyers Suzanne Manaseri and Glen Vogel, instruct the jury.
It's all smiles as the verdict is read.
It's all smiles as the verdict is read.

Will it be a fairytale ending for Goldilocks, or will she be sentenced to community service or possibly even prison for breaking the law? Maplewood’s fifth graders took part in "The Trial of Goldilocks," during which they were responsible for deciding Goldilocks's fate.

For several weeks, Glen Vogel, a local attorney known around the school as "Lawyer Dude," introduced Maplewood’s fifth graders to our government’s judicial system by inviting them to participate in an actual trial. This year another local attorney, Suzanne Manaseri, now known as "Lawyer Lady," assisted Mr. Vogel.

In "The Trial of Goldilocks," defendants such as Goldilocks's parents, her best friend Little Red Riding Hood, Sly Fox, Rocky Raccoon, and Wise Old Owl, to name a few, took the stand to convince a group of fifth-grade jurors that Goldilocks did not trespass and cause destruction to the home of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear.

The witnesses, namely The Bear Family, Big Bad Wolf, Blind Mouse, Chicken Little, and Gingerbread Boy, took the stand to prove Goldilocks's guilt. A full courtroom enjoyed a wonderfully witty and creative story acted out by an equally fabulous group of Maplewood’s fifth graders, who were able to develop an understanding of how a trial unfolds through acting. All participants benefited from this fun, interactive learning experience.