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Teen Court helping to hold students accountable, reduce fights on campus

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One St. Charles County middle school is putting students to trial by a jury of their peers in order to keep kids accountable. 

Hardin Middle School has been operating under Teen Court for six years, a program that was enacted to help curb the school's rough reputation. Before the program started, teens were involved in fights on school grounds, and in some cases, even arrested.

Hardin Principal Ed Gettemeier said on his first day as principal, there were three fights before the first bell. 

Now, school officials said Teen Court has stopped school fights and reduce the number of repeat offenders. 

Gettemeier said Teen Court is about students helping to keep their peers in line. 

"In middle school, everything is about socialization," Gettemeier said. "Everything is about your friends. You don't want to go in front of your friends and air your dirty laundry." 

Gettemeier said students put on trial are asked directly why they are there, what they did to put themselves in their current position, and what they will do differently. 

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