Sumter County students got a first-hand look at the justice system Tuesday. But officials say they hope it's the first and last experience of this kind.
Third grade students participated in a mock trial involving the players in the fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Things don't looks so hot for Goldilocks.
"I went into their house. I broke their things, then I slept in Baby Bear's bed," said Destinee White, who played Goldilocks.
The young Livingston Elementary student did not have much of a defense prepared for her mock trial.
On the other side of the courtroom was the plaintiff, Baby Bear.
Presiding over the trial was the Honorable Sumter County District Court Judge, Tammy Montgomery.
"I think Goldilocks will likely go down," said Montgomery.
The mock trial, while obviously entertaining, also taught the court room full of third graders a very important lesson.
"We want them to understand that things that are not theirs should not be touched, because things get broken," said Montgomery. "And we want children to make positive decisions. There are predators out there and we want to teach these kids to steer as far away from them as possible. And we want to do it starting with a nursery rhyme because these are third graders."
The young jury listened to the testimonies of all three bears and Goldilocks. Exhibits were shown, including Baby Bear's broken chair and video of Goldilocks eating porridge. The evidence was just too hard to ignore. Goldilocks was found guilty; a verdict that left students with a new outlook on socializing.
"You should never go into someone's home without their permission," said Israel Moore, who portrayed Baby Bear.