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Stow-Munroe Falls High School Varsity Boys Baseball team visited the Stow Municipal Court on March 28 to observe morning criminal arraignments.
Head Varsity Baseball Coach and Stow-Municipal Court's Assistant Court Administrator Aaron DeBord took the students to the courthouse to teach them about the repercussions of bad decisions.
"I believe the students learn a number of things from visiting the courthouse," said DeBord. "They learn about the consequences that can occur as a result of poor decisions, how the legal process works and how to interact in the courtroom, including how to dress."
The students witnessed the defendants' initial court appearances in front of Judge Kim Hoover. Defendants were being charged with violations such as driving under suspension, open container, dog at large, vicious dog, theft, possession of drugs, violation of a protection order, domestic violence and operating a vehicle under the Influence.
Two attorneys were present to represent the defendants which allowed the students to observe how attorneys interact with the judge.
"I would like to extend a special thank you to Judge Hoover for allowing us to visit for the day," said DeBord. "The students enjoyed their time at the courthouse and learning how the court process works."
The team will be making a visit to the courthouse later in April to help with a community service project. The students will be spreading mulch at the building for the spring.
"Thank you Coach DeBord for organizing this trip for our students," said Superintendent Tom Bratten. "This was a great learning experience outside of the classroom for our students to take part in."