Henrico students introduced to the Rule of Law

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Several people laid down the law at Pocahontas Middle School, and it wasn't because the students were in trouble.

It was to help keep them out of it.

It is called the Rule of Law program.

Thirteen area attorneys from the Henrico County Bar Association, along with Henrico police, took a little time out of their schedules of enforcing the law to explaining it to the students.

The attorneys-turned-teachers walked students through different scenarios, from laws surrounding sexting, to student protests, and even Facebook.

The goal is to help students learn the basics of all our rights and responsibilities as Americans, which could one day come in handy for 14-year-old Marissa Queen.

"I want to go to the military, and I kind of want to be like a police officer too," said Queen.

There were plenty of officers in attendance to give Marissa some advice.

However, there were also those who hold office - like Justice Cleo Powell of the Virginia Supreme Court, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and Delegate Manoli Loupassi.

"It's a really great opportunity to bring real life experience to the classroom for our students, and anytime that students get to see people that actually uphold the constitution, it's a great opportunity for them and it brings learning alive," said teacher Candice Royall.

"I think it's important for students at this age, in this time of immediate information in media technology, that they take a moment and step back and understand the foundation, and that's going to help them build upon their knowledge and growth as students as they learn government practices and how the government works," said Tony Pham of the Henrico Bar Association.

The Rule of Law program was created by the Virginia Bar Association. It has been introduced in several schools since 2009.

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