Rugrat's Character Monologue - Joint Enterprise

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In Rugrat's monologue about joint enterprise he tells us that he "didn't do nuthin" and "he weren't there" however in the drama, which is based on court reports, he knows Danny is going to confront Shakilus, he knows Danny has a history of weapon carrying, and still goes to the scene. On the day that Shakilus was murdered it was likely he was aware that several people had weapons. Is he guilty of murder under joint enterprise law?

This monologue discusses the law of joint enterprise, and what this means. It is intended to provoke conversation about the fairness of the law. Students should be encouraged to question what joint enterprise is, and if it is fair to all parties.

Students should be asked to question if an individual can be held accountable for the actions of their friends, and if this law is likely to discourage gang activity.

Discuss an example of the whole class given detention because of the action of others.

Rugrat says about Danny "I had to back him. He'd do the same for me". What would you do?

Teacher Resources

Handout 3 - Gang Culture

Handout 4 - Facts about Gang Culture

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