Crime Scene Investigation
Southern Local High School students got a lesson in what it takes to be a crime scene investigator with a hands-on project in their forensics class. Teacher Mary Lou Taylor created seven crime stations around her classroom and students had to use their knowledge to solve the crimes. Among the scenes were a Thanksgiving dinner setting in an apartment, a cemetery, a child’s room, workshop, street, warehouse and a chemistry lab. Chemistry and physical science students helped set up the stations while the forensics students were given tools to collect the evidence and two pupils served as crime scene photographers. Together, the groups reviewed footprints and faux blood droplets, marked or “tagged” spots where evidence was located, bagged samples of hair and discussed their findings. Taylor said it was her second year teaching the course but the first time for the project. Pictured are seniors Ella Rose, Rebecca Possage and Alexis Crooms collecting some of the evidence.