Peer court program expands to schools |

Peer court program expands to schools

by Christy Chalmers

Douglas County’s peer court program will expand to Whittell High School and the middle schools this fall.

The sheriff’s office received $19,000 worth of state grants to pay for the programs.

The sheriff’s office and school district implemented the current peer court program in 1998 using a federal grant. The program serves Douglas High School students.

“The real benefit of the new grant is it expands peer court to the middle schools,” said Sgt. Stan Lamb. “We felt that the real target age group we wanted to deal with was the middle school age group.”

The peer court is made up of high school students and run by sheriff’s deputy Teresa Duffy. Cases can be referred by juvenile probation officials or school administrators. The court hears them and recommends punishment.

Though peer court sessions are now held on the Douglas High campus, future cases involving non high-school students would be heard at night in a district court room, Lamb said.

The original partnership was aimed at stopping harassment and bullying at the schools, and the peer court focused on those kinds of cases.

“This expands the types of cases to include more than bullying, threats, intimidation and that type of thing,” said Lamb.

The expanded peer court program will begin with the 2001-02 school year, Lamb said.

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