AG Cooper visits Chapel Hill High
State Attorney General Roy Cooper gave local students some insight on the details of his job with a visit to Chapel Hill High School earlier this month.
Talking to students in the high school’s honors civics and Advanced Placement U.S. government classes, Cooper discussed several topics, including the expansion of the state’s DNA database, fighting child pornography, and increasing school safety.
Cooper also told students how he balances his personal views with his professional responsibilities.
“I can speak my opinion on public policy but it is the duty of this office to represent the state,” he said. “We’re going to uphold the constitutionality of the law.”
When asked if he is planning to run for governor, he replied, “it’s too early to be official, but that's my plan."
CHHS senior Perry Ramsey is a student in the A.P. government class that Cooper spoke to and understands the importance of young people being aware and active in local and state politics.
“I think it's important for high school students to become involved in politics and know the changes in polices that are happening right here in North Carolina” he said. “Having the chance to listen to Attorney General Cooper's views and beliefs is important because it allowed us to take note of certain issues and topics that we may not have been aware of.
“Also it allows us to hear firsthand some of the main things in his platform for his potential campaign on running for governor,” Perry said. “It gave the students a chance to ask direct questions to one of the most powerful leaders in North Carolina. I personally enjoyed hearing how passionate he was about changing the direction North Carolina is headed in.”
Social studies teacher Jennifer Ballew organized the visit and said that this is a way to keep students engaged in the material they are studying.
“I am always looking for ways to make the civics curriculum exciting and engaging for my students,” Ballew said. “One way I like to do that is through guest speakers.
“His talk taught civics students a lot about the attorney general's office and gave students a personal connection to state government,” she said. “Students are more likely to follow the news and be active participants in democracy when they feel elected officials care about their needs and concerns.”