[Batavia High School student Leila Wangler serves as a witness for the plaintiffs, as attorney Spencer Gaitsch, also a BHS student, questions her during the Kane County Bar Foundation's Law Day Mock Trials.]
Four high schools took part in the mock trials. Other Batavia students who participated included lawyer Grace Gerardi and witnesses Veronica Pronitcheva, Jeffrey Trux and Leila Wangler. Playing jury members were Ethan Deaton, Annika Kuretsky, Joy Mazur, Aidan Meadows and Claire Stack.
The mock trial case involved Scott Walker suing his ex-wife, Tanya Brewster, for negligent storage of a firearm and negligent supervision of their 13-year-old child, a son named T.J. from their marriage. T.J., who was visiting Scott and his new family, brought a semiautomatic pistol with him. When T.J. tried to wrest it away from Scott’s 5-year-old son, Jesse, the pistol accidentally fired, hitting Jesse. He was permanently paralyzed as a result and will require specialized medical care for the rest of his life.