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Annual barroom brawl helps drive home criminal justice lesson for Manteca teens

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Annual barroom brawl helps drive home criminal justice lesson for Manteca teens

As Sneaky Pete, William Catinau, who is an East Union High senior, received treatment by the Health Careers students under the guidance of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED December 15, 2012 1:10 a.m.

Shaky was back at the Star Bar Friday for the annual barroom brawl at the Star Bar.

He’s the central character in the Careers in Law Enforcement classes under the direction of instructor Joe Waller.

In one of his morning sessions, Christian Gonzalez, who is a Manteca High senior, enjoyed playing the jealous and antagonistic Shaky.

“It was fun (playing Shaky),” he said.

As Shaky, he’s involved in domestic dispute – in this case, East Union High junior Natalie Briones had the pleasure of playing Shaky’s girlfriend Jacky – followed by a beat down at the Star Bar at the hands of Sneaky Pete, as played by William Catinau.

Upon his return, Shaky, who is smaller in stature compared to Sneaky Pete, is armed with an equalizer. Gonzalez used a mock handgun as the weapon.

Gonzalez and Briones will have a chance to reprise their roles next month during the Shannon Jacobson vs. the State of California mock trial. As Shaky, Gonzalez will be the defendant while Briones, as Jacky, will be one of several key witnesses called to the stand.

Catinau’s character was killed off. But as the victim, he was part of the Health Careers – another Regional Occupational Program offered at the Manteca Unified School District – receiving emergency treatment during the “golden hour” under the direction of officials from the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District.

In emergency medicine, this is the crucial time period for treatment during the victim’s traumatic injury.

Waller’s second session was filled with plenty of entertainment beforehand. For starters, he reprised his role as Motown singer David Ruffin while a few of his students filled in for his “Temptations” singing group.

Waller once again enjoyed the accommodations at the Ag mechanics and education center in the MUSD complex. Included were two portables in which to do this exercise – one served as the Star Bar while the other was the scene of the domestic dispute.

In addition, he recognized the Audio Visual program for recording the barroom brawl incident at Star Bar.

Waller is looking forward to again converting his classroom into a courtroom come next month.

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