Mock crime scene

Dakota Watts, Staff writer

Mock crime scenes were set up around the building this week. They were set up in three places: the library, Mrs.Brights classroom, and in the hallway closest to the lunchroom. These crime scenes all told three different stories. The crime scene in the classroom was a staged suicide, the on in the hallway was a shooting, and in the library was a stabbing.

These crime scenes were part of the Forensics class where students were tasked with documenting the crime scene. Students used specific tools such as: laser pointers for measuring, cameras for looking at the crime scene, and sketched templates to draw out the room and evidence. These tools mixed with their knowledge helped them determine what happened in each scene.

Prior to documenting mock crime scenes, students spent time studying the, still unsolved JonBenet Ramsey case. The 1996 case about a missing 6-year-old girl helped the students learn about mistakes in crime scene investigations. Investigator errors included not fully documenting evidence, cleaning too early, and letting people move around the crime scene freely, including non-investigators.  

“I am teaching them how to document a crime scene.” Mrs. Bright said,  “Soon we’ll be learning about trace evidence, hair fibers, and fingerprints.” When asked why the documentation process was so important she said, “Documenting a crime scene is important because the crime scene can be cleaned up before they have all the evidence.” Mrs.Bright generously provided the Ranger Revolver with the information that students used to work on the mock crime scenes.