Aurora -- Recently installed U.S. Rep. David Joyce of Geauga County paid a visit to Aurora High School on Jan. 10 to speak about his experience as a former prosecutor and what he's looking forward to after succeeding longtime 14 District U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette.

Joyce visited two classrooms -- one consisting of freshmen and one of seniors -- and answered several questions from the students.

Joyce detailed his 25 years as a prosecuting attorney. Many students asked him if he always wanted to be a politician, but he answered, "I did not plan on it; it just kind of evolved."

Students asked Joyce what the hardest part about being a prosecuting attorney was.

"The toughest thing I ever had to deal with was the Chardon High School shootings," he explained. "Something like that should never happen. Things like that, as well as crime scenes in general, take a toll on you after a while."

One freshman asked how the campaign process went.

"Rough," said Joyce. "It was fun, though. You get to meet people in the community. I like campaigning, but I also like working."

One main topic of discussion in the 12th grade Advanced Placement government class was gun legislation.

"Guns are not the whole issue," said Joyce. "It's also an issue of mental health. The media can affect an already troubled person. Violent games such as Call of Duty can have a harmful impact on people with mental health issues. Such issues need to be dealt with better. We cannot just put the blame on guns."

Students showed concern with the cost of attending college. Joyce outlined different types of loans and programs students can pursue to help make their college experience more affordable.

"You can take classes at a smaller school for three years and then do your last year at, say, Kent State and graduate with a degree from there or any other university that allows these types ofprograms," said Joyce.

Students were interested in how the Democratic and Republican parties work together.

"You have to do what's right," said Joyce. "Even if that means voting for the other party or against your own."


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