A new resource for law enforcement has hit the shelves virtually and is a first of its kind at Waxahachie High School.


Criminal justice teacher Joe Herrera wanted to push the boundaries of the career cluster to incorporate something fresh. The students of the criminal justice department, which has been in place since 2014, have created their first-ever newsletter, “The Scales of Justice.”


Herrera took volunteers who wanted to contribute content and published the first edition just before spring break. Those students included: Julieta Gonzalez, Chaela Mchugh, Makenna Van Huss, Analilia Garcia, Zaydee Schoneman, and Vanessa Llovera.


The students felt it was essential to produce content for their peers and teachers because not everyone is familiar with the positive side of law enforcement.


Herrera took advantage of the print space in the first edition to remark on the trailblazers who compiled the stories for the first edition.


“It is with the utmost sincerity and appreciation I give to our criminal justice students who made this first issue of ‘The Scales of Justice’ possible,” Herrera wrote. “Our criminal justice journalism program is just one of many new and exciting things happening in criminal justice. We hope this news journal is fun, interesting, educational, and leaves you anticipating our next issue of ‘The Scales of Justice!’”


Some of the student-writers sat down and talked about their inspirations to get involved in criminal justice and explained what they contributed content-wise.


Makenna Van Huss | Sophomore


“I started looking at the law enforcement part and my mom — I always argue — and she says, ‘You should be a lawyer, you’d be paid well to argue.’ I started looking into it. I really enjoyed learning about the courts once I started looking in.”


Van Huss is responsible for writing recaps and news about the student organization that corresponds to the career cluster — Texas Public Service Association. In her front-page story, she tells the story of her peers advancing to the state competition.


Chaela McHugh | Sophomore


“My mother is a paralegal and always says she enjoys working in the field of law, and I picked up on it and watch crime shows. It interests me.”


Her contribution to the newsletter is different statistics that revolve around criminal justice.


Analilia Garcia | Junior