Fairy Tale Trial Spotlights Bullying

A family of three pigs was in a Sumter County courtroom Monday, seeking damages from The Big Bad Wolf for destroying two houses, one made of straw and another made of sticks.

The mock fairy tale trial is a teaching tool to explain to children how the justice system works.

"You're going down, Wolf," said Little Red Riding Hood.

"I would just like to say that Little Red Riding Hood is lying," said the Big Bad Wolf.

Tensions were high as the Big Bad Wolf prepared to defend himself against a lawsuit that he bullied and harmed Three Little Pigs. The wolf said he doesn't look at what happened as bullying, but a seasonal ailment.

"Apparently these three pigs right here have said that I was bullying them, but I just have really bad allergies," said the Wolf, portrayed by Arthur Grothe. "And I just happened to sneeze, and that happened to disrupt their houses a little bit. Now they're all upset. I didn't do it."

The wolf said he sustained injuries of his own, which the pigs described as simply a kitchen mishap.

"Well, he tried to come to my house, but then he tried to come down the chimney," said the Little Pig with a Brick House, portrayed by Jewel Townsend. "He tried to attack my sister and brother, but he came down the chimney and he claimed I tried to hurt him. But I didn't. I was just cooking soup! And he fell into the pot of water."

This trial shows third grade students in Sumter County the effects of bullying. Its goal is to show students that bullying can have serious side effects for the bully and the victim.

"There are frightening statistics about bullying and its effects," said Sumter County District Judge Tammy Montgomery, who portrayed Miss Justice. "That it normally starts in fourth grade and leads up to eighth grade. That a bully is twice as likely to take his own life. That one out of ten children drop out of school due to bullying. And we want to start a grade earlier so that we can try and erode the effects of bullying here in Sumter County."

Montgomery's office initiates these teaching opportunities as a way to show children how the court system works and the potential consequences of bad behavior and choices.


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  • by Sowing Good Seeds Location: Livingston, Alabama on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:59 PM
    Sumter County may be small and rural but the people here are very talented. Good Job Children of the Village. Looking forward to seeing the next good seeds that you sow in this town. What a good deed to adress the issue of Bullying. It was great to see our citizens working together.
  • by Sumter County Strong Location: Birmingham, Alabama on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM
    I think the Fairy Tale Mock Trial is a very positive teaching tool. Children are allowed to show case their creative talents while learning valuable lessons through fairy tale stories. Bullying has become a very real problem in today's society and I think that Judge Montgomery, Gwen DeLaine and the Children of the Village Network staff should be commended for their hard work. Thank you Children of the Village for addressing this very important topic. Keep up the good work.
  • by old school on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:38 PM
    This is nothing but liberal indoctrination contaminating the minds of kids. They should be teaching them that when someone messes with you to knock the crud out of them. Back when I was in school that's what we did. Some times you won and sometimes not and usually became friends later on. But you always got respect after. Kids will be kids. What their learning now is how to be sissy. No wonder we have so many panty waists in our country now.
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