In a collaboration of teachers, parents and other volunteers, five classes of fifth-graders from Tanglewood Elementary School in Fort Worth spent a few weeks this spring reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and then using the book as a tool to study the justice system, look for details of evidence and learn how forensic investigations are conducted.
In Wednesday’s culmination, two real judges — state District Judge Robb Catalano and Municipal Court Judge Danny Rodgers — presided over trials of Dorothy, accused of killing the Wicked Witch.
Every student had a part to play — jurors, attorneys, munchkins, Winkies, mice, even press photographers.
In the trial in Rodgers’ court, Dorothy was acquitted. But in the other trial, she was convicted.