Alice - Innocent Bystander or Disturbing the Peace?
During a visit to Uxbridge High School (UHS) on 11th February, the Student Law Society taught school students there debating skills and gave them the chance to take part in a mock trial of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, where Alice was charged with disturbing the peace and a theft of a box of cookies from the White Rabbit! A jury comprising students and UHS teachers found Alice guilty of the offences charged.
Equally creative was the debating topic: whether the selfie stick should be banned in public places and whether video games and music videos depicting violent scenes should be accessible from YouTube!
Amirah Choudhury, Level 2 student and President of the Society, commented: We were very impressed with the UHS students! They have demonstrated impeccable debating skills and the mock trial scenario was thoroughly entertaining and a joy to watch. It was inspiring for us to see that the younger generation have great potential! We are thankful that the Society had been invited in, it was great fun!
Amirah was joined by two other Law Society members, Ms Beth Moloney (Debating Officer) and Ms Gabriel Laurin (Mooting Officer). Ms Yiola Rizava, the UHS teacher who coordinated the event, commended the law students for their highly professional outlook and the way they had enthused the UHS students. She explained that ‘all UHS students were very pleased with the experience and the skills they had obtained’. The Law Society students are planning similar interventions in UHS and other local secondary schools.
This article features in the Brunel Vice Chancellor’s newsletter.