By Maia Johnson
Whetstone has, for the first time in several years, assembled a mock trial team, which meets Thursdays after school from 2:45 to 4:45. The team is preparing for the Mock Trial District Competition. This will take place on January 29, 2016.
There are somewhere around eighteen students on the team, which is led by Whetstone’s own social studies teacher, Mrs. Ballmer. Ballmer has worked hard to keep her team on task, making sure students have read the entire case and just that they are all on the same page. In addition, she has managed to acquire help from three lawyers, who join the team on Thursdays and give professional advice relating to handling the case.
The case- what is it? Well, in short, the case consists of a defense for Officer Riley Green, who responded to a call which reported a robber with a bow and arrow at a local convenience store. When he arrived at the scene- the Swifties parking lot- he attempted to handle the situation and eventually shot AJ Bryant, the prosecution, twice. However, it turned out that Mr. Bryant was a teenager in costume attending the medieval faire across the street, and that his bow and arrow were plastic.
There are several other factors which play into the controversial case, such as witness statements and factual details. But regardless of bias, Whetstone’s team (which has been divided into three) must represent both sides of the case. Hopefully with the help of Cathy, Kyle, and Stan (the three attorneys), Whetstone’s team will break a leg at the district competition and move on to regionals. Either way, we’re proud of them!