Hampden County district attorney Anthony Gulluni has taken hundreds of Agawam and Westfield 8th grade students under his wing.
Agawam Junior High 8th graders, along with South Middle school students in Westfield, will receive frequent visits from District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. This is the fourth year the DA has adopted 8th grade classes to introduce them to the criminal justice system.
Gulluni told 22News, “We’re going to start the conversation with young people around constitutional law, around what the district attorney’s office does to keep them safe, around what we do in the court system and it’s going to open up that world to them.”
Gulluni quickly established a rapport with the 8th graders. Junior high school teacher Curtis Miarecki praised the DA for reaching out to these boys and girls at a very sensitive time in their young lives. “These kids have so many different things going on, so to reach out to them right now to get information out to them. The things they do now reflects on coming back to them later on in their lives, they need to start thinking about their actions right now.”
Helping these 8th graders make the right choices is the core of DA Gulluni’s adopt a class program. As the prosecutor put it, what he’s doing puts a face on the criminal justice system.