Illinois judges are marking this month's 225th anniversary of the US Constitution by giving civics lessons at high schools across the state. They'll be talking about a 1985 case that said schools could search students without a warrant. Katie Sidwell says when a judge presented the case last year at her high school, it prompted a lively discussion among her classmates:
"It was shocking to see, some of the classroom was like, 'Oh my gosh, no! I would never let them go through my stuff.' And then some of us were like, 'Sure.' And then we threw around other ideas, like what if one of the students had like weapons in their purse?"
Sidwell is now a freshman at the University of Illinois Springfield. Speaking before members of the Illinois Supreme Court, she says the program gave her a new perspective on government power. Judges hope to visit 225 classrooms next week, begining Monday. Teachers interested in the program can contact the Illinois Judges Association through its website: ija.org.
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