Attleboro High School Students Build Courtroom For Mock Trial Club

Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe (WBZ NewsRadio)

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Try not to misbehave at Attleboro High School or you might end up inside their new courtroom.

Seniors Kelvin Martinez and Jack Fitzgerald have built a brand new courtroom inside the school for their fellow students who are participating in the mock trial club. Martinez and Fitzgerald constructed the courtroom for their senior project in their carpentry class.

"I don’t think we’ve done anything that was this finished," Fitzgerald told WBZ NewsRadio. "It just has to be really precise and clean looking."

"When you do this stuff, you kind of have to be a perfectionist," said Martinez. "When we look at it, we don’t see what everybody else sees, we see all the stuff that’s wrong with it."

The realistic courtroom includes wooden dividers, a jury box, a witness stand, and a judge's bench with flags and the Massachusetts state seal behind it.

"We basically just framed it out, put maple plywood over it, and then put maple finish over it," Martinez described. "It doesn’t sound complicated, but it’s definitely one of the hardest things we’ve done so far."

"We have been working on this a really long time," Fitzgerald said. "Going to the back of the room and just looking at all of it, it’s definitely really cool to see."

Martinez and Fitzgerald's teachers have nothing but high praise for the two students and their craftsmanship.

"These guys I think have found a path through their passion to do this kind of stuff," said carpentry teacher Mark Homer. "They’re very responsible kids, I’m really proud of them."

"It exceeded any of my expectations," said criminal justice teacher Tobey Reed, who runs the mock trial club.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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