Once upon a trial

Nov. 20, 2019 | The Form VII Law class has been studying textbooks and children's books for their latest assignment.

Building off the foundation of criminal law, students have spent the last few weeks reading through popular fairy tales and identifying the criminal acts within. The stories included many childhood staples including Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel. In their presentations yesterday, students were tasked with identifying the elements of criminal acts, *actus reus* (the guilty act) and *mens rea* (the guilty mind). Mr. St-Amant has been assigning this project for the last four years and sees it as a valuable opportunity to encourage students to recognize criminal acts in a more lighthearted context. With the aid of posters and PowerPoint presentations, groups analyzed the legal ramifications of characters' actions while struggling to maintain an air of solemnity. Aidan, Alp, and Jesse even submitted their assignment in audio form, marking the first use of our new podcasting studio for academic purposes. Jumping off from this project, the class will be diving deeper into criminal law in the coming weeks, discussing defence, proceedings, and eventually, a full mock trial in the spring.

Listen to the podcast-style criminal discussion of Little Red Riding Hood below!

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Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.