Jordan School Mock Trial Votes
12-0 in Favor of Guns in Schools
The following article was
provided by Janalee Tobias, Founder & President of
Women Against Gun Control.
She can be reached at
On Monday, June 30, 2003, at 1
p.m., the 5th grade class of Miss Erickson at South Jordan
Elementary, in South Jordan, Utah, held a mock trial. The
issue: Should guns be allowed in school? South Jordan
Elementary school is in Jordan School District, where policy
is currently being drafted regarding Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW)
permit holders taking guns to school.
Each legal team consisted of
five brilliant 5th graders. Each side presented charts and
facts to the jury which consisted of twelve 5th graders, half
boys and half girls. An "expert witness" on each side
testified: "me" for the "guns in school" side, and a woman
from the University of Utah for the "no guns in school"
side. (The principal was subpoenaed for the "no guns in
school" side, but he didn't show up for trial. Rumor has it
that he was afraid to go against me, and there may be a
warrant out for his arrest.)
After approximately 45 minutes
of intense debate, the jury left the classroom and deliberated
behind closed doors for five minutes. The verdict: 12-0 in
FAVOR of guns in schools.
The comments of the jurors
reflected their fear of a crazed criminal coming in and
shooting up the school. They want teachers to be able to
carry a gun for their protection as long as they know how to
use it, know the safety rules, and keep it out of the reach of
students. They also want the "bad guys" to think that if they
come into their school to shoot it up, that a "good guy" is
going to shoot them back and protect the children.
The verdict is in: Children
think that the best way to "save the children" is to let
honest, law-abiding citizens carry guns for protection.
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