NC Students Reflect on Presidential Election

NORTH CAROLINA -- Kids cannot vote in this year's election, but believe it or not, the students we spoke to this week know quite a bit about the election.

“He doesn't lie like Hillary Clinton,” said Rodrick Alexander, a second grader at Shiloh Elementary School in Union County.

“We voted for our president. I didn't want Donald Trump really,” said second grader Athena Oliver.

This is all thanks to a mock election these students participated in, teaching them about the voting process.

Shiloh Elementary isn't the only one incorporating the 2016 election into its curriculum.

At the Early College of Technology in Cabarrus County, ninth graders had a weeks-long project during which they had to come up with a third party platform, vote in mock primaries, debate and vote.

“It's one thing just to tell the students about okay, this is what Democrats believe. This is what Republicans believe,” said teacher Amanda Hauser. ”It's a totally different thing for students to experience it themselves.”

Through the assignment, students said they learned a lot about the current presidential race and the issues they want adults to care about.

 “Yeah, it's a lot of name calling now in our debates, in the current election,” said Anvitha Bavirisetti.

“The candidate should not be focusing on ‘Hey, this other person has done this in the past.’ You know, we should be focusing on ‘Hey, what am I going to do about the social security crisis? What's my stance on abortion,’” said Garrett Simpson.