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Shady Spring High students watch Raleigh County sentencings

Local - 3/28/2014 5:23 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - A group of students will see how their mock trials compare to real court cases Friday in Raleigh County.

Students at Shady Spring High School watched Judge John Hutchison sentence several offenders, including a pair of sisters involved in delivering drugs.

The court visit is a part of a business-law class. Teachers hope it will interest kids pursing a career in the justice system and show them the consequences of all-too-familiar drug use.

"You try to make an impact on these high school kids," teacher Candace Crouse told WOAY. "Especially that that is a major issue behind not only why they commit the crimes they do, but that the offenders are very young."

Senior Anthony Watkins talked about seeing the court proceedings.

"I think the judge is a reasonable guy, and I realize it's a lot more person to person," he said. "He's an understanding kind of guy."

The school says it chooses to see sentencings because they are quick ways to learn punishments associated with crimes. The students also visit Southern Regional Jail.

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