J.E. Robbins Elementary Students Conduct Mock Trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Students from J.E. Robbins Elementary School were out of the classroom and inside a courtroom Thursday.

45 students from the school participated in a mock trial in Circuit Chief Judge Louis H. "Duke" Bloom's courtroom at the Kanawha County Courthouse.

The students played the roles of the judge, attorneys, witnesses and jurors.

The case scenario involved a wrongful death lawsuit. Carla Jenson lost her husband Hans during the tragic Titantic accident. She sued the cruise line claiming that the captain of the line was trying to beat a speed record. However, the defense claimed that was not the case, he was trying to look out for icebergs but it was too dark to see the ice under the water.

During the trial Thursday, the defense claimed Hans was drunk and had a chance to escape, but chose to jump out of the boat.

After jury deliberations, the jurors found that the cruise line was not negligence in Hans death.

Fifth grade teacher Amanda Mays found the script for the mock trial online and organized the event.

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