FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Third grade students here decided the fate of a notorious suspect in Fairborn Municipal Court.
Thursday, B.B. Wolf faced the state in a trial for theft charges. Wolf was accused of stealing cookies from Little Red Riding Hood when she was bringing them to her grandmother.
The familiar scenario was a simulation for Fairborn Elementary School students.
It’s an annual tradition for the Greene County Optimist Club. For more than 30 years, real attorneys and judges participate in the mock trial.
Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Beth Cappelli said, “Hopefully they understand the idea of fairness and that everybody gets a chance.”
“I think it’s a chance to show them the court doesn’t have to be scary,” added defense attorney Chris Beck.
This year, Beavercreek High School students played the roles of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.
Attorneys questioned witnesses and presented evidence in the case, before the jury of third graders deliberated.
They returned a guilty verdict and Judge Cappelli sentenced him a community service of baking 5,000 cookies for charity.