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​Young Legal Eagles Solve Social Media Brawl

Issued: 27 June 2017

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A teen party invitation posted on social media attracts alcohol-affected gate crashers, violence ensues, but who is to blame?

That’s the mystery Newcastle and Lake Macquarie primary school students will try to solve today as part of the award-winning Clued-Up Kids competition.

“Clued-Up Kids is a great introduction to the law for Year Six students who have been conducting a mock investigation into the fictional case, using police statements of fact, forensic evidence and witness statements,” Belmont Deputy Registrar Catherine Piper said.

“The students are encouraged to deliver their conclusions in a creative way and in past years there have been mock trials and dramatic re-enactments of the crime.”

The students will present their findings to a panel of experts including a solicitor, a police prosecutor, a senior constable and a senior court registrar at Belmont Courthouse today from 9.30am-1.30pm.

More than 40 local students from seven Lake Macquarie and Newcastle schools have entered this year’s competition.

“The students are learning how the criminal justice system operates and are being taught an important lesson about what not to post on social media,” Mrs Piper said.

Clued-Up Kids is an annual event that has been running since 2009 as part of National Law Week. Created by Mrs Piper, it won a Premier’s Award for Individual Excellence and Achievement in 2014.

This year’s participating schools are: Floraville, Hillsborough, Wiripaang (Gateshead) Belmont North, Newcastle East, St Francis Xavier Belmont and St James Kotara South schools.