Students See what it's like Behind Bars

It's not everyday you see a crowd of seventh graders walking down the halls of the Vanderburgh County Jail but today that was a learning experience for students at St. Johns.

Its not your average field trip but its an important one.

"I don't think they were trying to like scare us away or try anything like that I think they are just trying to educate us and what might happen if we do make bad decisions,” said seventh grader Emma Johnson.

Life is all about decisions and some of those decisions can put you at the Vanderburgh County Jail.

"We learned about good decision making and the consequences that are decisions can have on our futures,” said seventh grader Emily Roe.

For the St. Johns seventh grade class, today was eye opening.

"I guess I've only seen like movies I've never seen in person so I've never seen the people seeing through the cells or talking to us through the cells,” said Johnson.

A cell these middle schoolers hope they never see again.

"When a middle school kid transitions from being a kid into a young adult they have a lot of things going on in their life and they certainly have a lot of peer pressure ahead of them,” said Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.

For Sheriff Dave Wedding it's important that these students tour the jail.

"So if we can just get into them and say hey look there is other choices out there don't let someone lead you into crime,” said Sheriff Wedding.

For the St.Johns students, today was a chance to learn to stay away from the crime or they will end up doing the time.
"We are just telling them wake up a little bit and it doesn't hurt to say no,” said Sheriff Wedding.

So it wasn't your average field trip but it was one these students will never forget.


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