Lincolnville Police Chief Ron Young and Waldo County Juvenile Assistant District Attorney Miriam Johnson met with sixth-graders at Lincolnville Central School March 2 to discuss the criminal consequences that can result from harassment, including harassment in the school environment.

This is the second year Young and Johnson have done a harassment presentation for the sixth-graders, and this year Young had the students participate in a skit in which they acted out an actual harassment scenario. The skit was to educate the students through role playing in a preplanned reenactment of bullying, with the end result portraying what would happen when law enforcement became involved.

The skit began with a female victim, played by Elizabeth Cummons, being interviewed by Young. He asked about how things were going for her at school, which revealed she had been being bullied by three boys whom she had asked to stop bothering her.

The three boys who played the bullies were Jeff Magri, with acting parent Jack Uhll, who was interviewed by Young and issued a criminal harassment order (Young explained this would be issued with any confirmed harassment); Josh Pitcairn, with acting parent Keira Hayes, who was also issued a criminal harassment order to stop; and Nick Czuchra, with acting teacher Emma Gutheinz, who pretended to be the most difficult of the three.

Czuchra resisted Young’s questioning and was reluctant to speak with him, but eventually, under interrogation, admitted the truth of his involvement to Young, including encouraging the other boys to follow his lead. Young issued a summons to Czuchra for harassment as well as a criminal harassment order.

Then Johnson led the children through the steps of the judicial system process. These included how a case is prosecuted, the different levels of the judicial system, and the varied outcomes of juvenile arrests and court cases such as deferred disposition, a referral to a probation officer or probation itself.