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If students at Delaware’s John Dickinson High School are any indication, today’s youth are interested only in the laws most likely to land them before a judge — for violations such as underage drinking, driving under the influence, possession of drugs and firearms. But when it comes to the larger issues of how those laws are created or changed, the role of the Constitution and international treaties, the kids tune out. At least that’s what Delaware Attorney General M. Jane Brady found on May 1 when she attempted to engage a class of college prep students in the mental exercise of establishing governments and laws for mythical neighboring states. “You guys are brain dead,” she chided the unresponsive students at one point. “You’re in for a rude awakening when you get to college.” Brady later expressed concern over the number of students who appeared to favor more liberal laws governing possession of concealed weapons. “I find this alarming, particularly in view of the horrible school shootings we’ve seen,” she said. But many young people look to guns as a means of self-protection, she added. “Walking away from confrontation does not seem to be an option with them.” The attorney general addressed two Dickinson classes as part of Law Day activities intended to focus the attention of the nation on the principles and practice of American law and justice. More than 90 members of the Delaware Bar visited 112 classes in 40 area high schools to “promote a better understanding and respect for government and the rule of law.” Law Day programs in the schools provide a valuable opportunity for students to ask questions of “real lawyers — not the kind they see on TV,” Brady said. It also is an avenue for “lawyers to explain the role of the law in things we do every day … how laws affect all of us.” The attorney general appeared before the Dickinson students wearing a tailored navy blue business suit, with a gold scales of justice pin on her lapel, but at least one in the group recognized Brady for another venue. “I saw you on TV in your leather jacket,” one called out, “that was cool.” Brady donned the leathers recently to make an anti-smoking rap video with students from the Cab Calloway School. The “No Tobacco!’ video has proven such a hit, according to Brady, that she has obtained a copyright on the rap words, which came to her at 4:30 one morning, to ensure that they are not used for inappropriate commercial purposes.

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