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High school students learn about justice system

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PASCO, Wash.--  More than 200 high schoolers in the Tri-Cities learned about the justice system Friday.  225 students from 21 schools, along with more than 60 lawyers, judges, and police officers gathered at Pasco High for the annual "Youth and Justice forum."

The students acted out scenarios, listened to speakers, and got to ask questions about rights, responsibilities, and possible careers.

Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell participated in Friday's event.  He says, "We hope that by doing this and getting these kids involved early on, it gives them an opportunity to meet some people who are involved in careers that they might find interesting and network with these people."

Wendy Artiga, a sophomore from Chiawana High School, says that's exactly what she was there.  "I actually kind of want to be a lawyer so I'm learning to see whether I like it or have to choose another career option," she explained.

This was the 8th annual Youth and Justice forum.