Over the past week, our classes have been preparing to read Monster, by Walter Dean Myers. This follows the story of a juvenile who is standing trial for being involved in a robbery gone wrong. Thus far we have previewed important vocabulary, discussed scenarios related to the book, and studied juvenile crime statistics.
Today, we had a special visitor join our classroom. Det. DeFors, a juvenile officer and tactical detective, spoke with 8th grade students. His presentation included the history of juvenile laws, the difference between the “spirit” of the law vs. the “letter” of the law, adult vs. juvenile corrections, and information about freedom vs. security. Det. DeFors also spent time answering students’ questions.
We thank you, Det. DeFors, for taking time out of your day to answer our questions and share with us your expertise of juvenile laws!