Jurors Needed!

Parents, Followers, Minions… I am in need of jury members. We are putting Columbus (among others) on trial!

Our trial will be held Thursday October, 23 throughout the day. If you are interested in learning more or joining us, please respond to this post or send me an email at: ekipling@springlakeschools.org

Jurors will be asked to read the roles and information of each student group before the trial and ask questions (basically “grill” the groups) while each group is proclaiming their innocence. People vs Columbus readings.

We are putting the following groups on trial, stating they are guilty of committing the terrible genocide of Native Americans on Hispaniola (Caribbean Islands) in 1492 – 1500.

  • Columbus
  • Columbus’ Men
  • King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella
  • The Tainos (or Arawak) Indians
  • The System of Empire

All groups are charged with the same thing:

“You are charged with the mistreatment and murder of thousands, perhaps millions, of Taíno Indians.”

Whose responsibility was the mistreatment and death of millions of Taino (Arawak) Indians? We shall find out based on arguments and supporting information each group shares during the trial.

Here are the class times I will need jurors:

1st Hour: 8:10 – 9:10

2nd Hour: 9:15 – 10:10

3rd Hour: 10:15 – 11:10

6th Hour: 1:48 – 2:45

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7 thoughts on “Jurors Needed!

  1. Linda Sabo

    That 6th hour trial was fantastic. The kids are good investigators, creative presenters and think quickly when faced with a question! So glad to be a part of it.

  2. Mr. Kipling

    Awesome! Congratulations. If there was ever a reason to miss your jury duty, this is it! Thank You for the awesome news!!!

  3. Mike Mcsheehy


    Vivian Rose McSheehy has decided to show up early…..unfortunately I will no longer be able to be a juror…..Grandma and Grandpa(Carol & Don) will be able to make it. We will be watching from our hospital room! Thanks, mike

  4. Mike Mcsheehy

    Please add me to the juror list as well as grandma and grandpa(Carol and Don McSheehy) for Erikas third hour class.



  5. Wendy Molotky

    I would like to be a Juror for Dominik’s 1st hour class. Please let me know if there are still openings. Thank you, Wendy Molotky

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. jim@vandamfam.com

    my son tyler van dam is in your 6th hour class (1:48 to 2:45 on the 23rd)….I will help as a “juror” during the 6th hour period….please confirm the room number that I am to go to …..thank you for teaching and opening the eyes of these young people to so many things 15756 Willows Dr. Spring Lake, MI 49456 Ph. 616.485.8809    

  7. Anne Merkle


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