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Pine Valley senior class meets district attorney

Submitted Photo County District Attorney Patrick Swanson stands with the Pine Valley Class of 2020.

SOUTH DAYTON – Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson visited Pine Valley to speak with the district’s senior class last month.

Swanson discussed the importance of the legal system and potential career opportunities with students preparing to graduate in June. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions, learn about working in criminal justice, and understand how the legal system impacts them even if they don’t pursue a career in it.

“This was an incredible opportunity for students to learn and I want to personally thank District Attorney Swanson for taking time to meet with the senior class,” said Principal Joshua Tedone. “He connected with the students right away and used real-life stories and examples to teach them some very valuable life lessons.”

Swanson described his career path as an attorney and talked about the opportunities in criminal justice that are currently available to students. He also explained how legal practice and changes to law impact the local and statewide legal system.

“It is so important for students to understand the legal system and feel comfortable if they see someone in law enforcement,” said School Resource Officer, Deputy Brian Hanner. “When we create opportunities and experiences like this, we create mutual understanding, trust, and respect.”

Students were interested in learning about some of Swanson’s past cases, which led to a very engaged discussion. Swanson used this opportunity to warn students of the dangers and consequences of driving while intoxicated now that most of them are driving.

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