President Snow Convicted in Mock Trial
In honor of ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’, the attorney’s office at Florida’s Broward County Courthouse held a Hunger Games themed mock trial. President Coriolanus Snow was charged with ‘kidnapping, child abuse and other heinous crimes for forcing children into the deadly Hunger Games.’
Prosecutor Tim Donnelly, head of the public corruption unit, scripted the courtroom play.
“We just want to expose them to [the system],” Donnelly said. “We’re not going to debate philosophy with them; we just want them to have fun and hopefully they retain something.”
After seeing the movie little more than a week ago, Donnelly, a father of four, ages 9 to 16, had the idea to adapt the popular young-adult novel and movie into a courtroom play.
Donnelly worked evenings developing The Nation of Panem v. President Coriolanus Snow and recruited fellow prosecutors to play the roles.
Even though it’s obvious he doesn’t know the whole story (Seneca Crain is a star witness), I think this was an amazing way to expose kids to the legal system and what happens during a trial.
It also made me think of the trial at the end of the third book, the one where we hear the outcome but never get to see any of the proceedings. Do you think they’ll add scenes from the trial to the end of the ‘Mockingjay’ movie?
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