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High school students subjected to act as mock jurors for the Derek Chauvin murder trial; Ohio soccer completes road schedule with loss to Akron

Today is Monday, April 5. Here’s what you need to know:

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Texas parents of Cedar Hill High School are outraged after a teacher subjected their students to watch a livestream of the Derek Chauvin murder trial. 

The students were required to serve as mocks jurors in the high-profile trial that consists of graphic photos and videos.

Likewise to what the Derek Chauvin judge told actual jurors; the teacher told the students to not discuss the case with anyone. 

Parents were outraged at the fact that the teacher expected the students to both watch and analyze George Floyd’s murder, then proceed with their day as if nothing had happened or was wrong. However, the teacher’s (whose name was not disclosed) plan was to have the students watch about 45 minutes of the trial each day, and to “pay attention to the evidence of both sides, defense and prosecution, during the trial,” according to a letter, written as a response to complaining parents that was shared with WFAA. 

The parents argued that the teacher “left students to handle their own emotions and mental health as they left [the] class, without proper professional support.” As a result, the project was called off given the principal of Cedar Hill claimed to have never approved it. 

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