Alonso Student News
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By: David Granger
During the week before Thanksgiving break, Ms. Burrows assigned a few students in each of her forensic science classes to come up with an idea for a crime, but there was a catch: the students had to make the crime a reality and build the scene on campus. The chosen students utilized the space in the teachers’ bathroom to build their own custom crime scene.
Ms. Burrows 2nd period came up with a plot like that of a Law and Order episode. The plot was that the victim was juggling two women and one of them (girl 1) was in an official relationship. The other girl (girl 2) that the victim is “dating” exposes her for cheating and this makes girl 1’s boyfriend furious. He then lures the victim to the bathroom with a forged note telling him to go there, where he will spend his last moments. While these few students did this, the rest of the class worked on another project until the scene was ready. The other students played the roles of investigators, photographers, evidence collectors, etc.
Once the scene was set, the photographers came in first and took pictures of everything, evidence or not. Police photographers must capture every single detail in their photos.
Next, the evidence collector came in. In terms of evidence, there was a note in the garbage, a note next to the body, blood on the sink and toilet, fibers stuck on the mirror, hair on the body, and a bloody footprint. Collecting evidence is very exact and meticulous, like the role of the photographer. Each different kind of evidence must be collected in their own specific way to be admissible in court. In addition to being packaged correctly, the evidence should never leave anyone’s sight and every transfer or hand-off must be documented thoroughly or it cannot be used in court.
Finally, Detectives must detain all witnesses and suspects in order to get a general idea of what might have happened before first responders arrived.
Ms. Burrows, the teacher behind this entire activity, enjoyed giving it to her students. “I think it really allowed the students to get really creative and apply the information. It’s a unique experience that we plan on doing again.” This activity allowed students to explore their creative side and come up with an entire murder story; it also allowed students to jump into the shoes of a police officer and understand the responsibilities that come with each position, providing students with a better idea of what they may want to do in their future. This is just a bonus to the true scope of the project.
Jayden Leto and Zach Mullen, students who helped build the crime scene, both enjoyed taking part in the project. “It was fun, and more classes should activities like this one.” If more classes did activities that students could get attached to and really enjoy working on, students would have an easier time grasping the topics of their many redundant and sometimes bleak classes. Activities like this one would improve the quality of learning students are getting and make Alonso High School an overall more enjoyable place than it is.