FOX 32 NEWS - Students at several south suburban high schools got a special lesson Wednesday from local police.
The mission was to help both groups get to know each other better.
Chicago police officers took the stage with some south suburban students, walking them through a simulated traffic stop with advice on how to behave.
“When you shoot a bullet through a human body, it isn’t no joke. It's not like on TV,” said Cook County Judge William Hooks.
Watching it all was about one thousand teens who were there to learn how they should interact with cops, and how cops should interact with them. Surprisingly, the event was prompted not by recent problems in Chicago, but by some south suburban officials who visited Charleston South Carolina. They wanted to see how police calmed the situation there after nine people were slain in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“Regardless of what color they were, how old they were, how young they were, they trusted each other,” said Frank Zuccarelli, who’s the Thornton Township Supervisor.
Beyond the skits and role playing, police also advised students on just what is a crime and what isn't, covering everything from assaults and batteries to sexting and revenge porn.
Some students that FOX 32 talked with said seeing police off the streets and meeting with them one on one gave them a new perspective on policing.
“I'm glad that something like this is happening because it allows our students at all of our schools to see that these cops aren't bad,” said junior Frances Walker.
“I learned that it's not always, I mean, they're just trying to protect themselves, they're doing a very hard job, it’s very difficult, and they're risking their lives for us,” said junior Shayde Gibson.