Teen court program tackles bullying, hate crimes

Bullying

Los Angeles Superior Court Assistant Presiding Judge David S. Wesley, center, talks to teens who served as jurors in a case against their fellow teen on hate-crime charges Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Stanely Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, California, in an new offshoot of a longstanding program using peer pressure to improve delinquent behavior. The teens participated in the SHADES Teen Court which stands for Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students and serves as an intervention for probation by handling incidents related to bullying or hate bias among teen students. Three girls accused of defacing a Jewish classmate's home with swastikas and feces faced the teen jurors in the program jointly conducted with L.A. Superior Court, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Museum of Tolerance. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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