Seniors grasp forensic science by analyzing crime scenes

By Matt Singer | Entertainment Editor


Forensics students work on a project outside in the courtyard. The students made individual footprint casts using sand and other materials. Photo credit: Ari Schnitzer

Seniors in Forensic Science learn about crime scenes and the methods and details one must follow to investigate a crime scene. Forensics is a full year class that is taught by Ms. DeedraSchoenrock and Ms. LishaHaughton.

Students deal with graphic images of very sensitive information and pictures. In class, students discuss crime scenes, murders, assaults, abuse and other cases.

“Talking about real crime scenes was weird for me at first,” senior Eriq Diaz said. “But as the class went on, I realized that in order to succeed in the class, I would need to be mature and deal with all of the things we see.”

With class units such as Serology, DNA, Firearms & Toolmarks, Anthropology and Crime Scenes, the class continues to interest and excite students.

Adding to the always eventful schedule of the class, students participated in a project where students evaluated a crime scene and document all evidence and anything else needed to complete the analysis of the given crime scene.

Looking at specific types of evidence such as trace, transfer, pattern and associative, the students learned how to find these types of evidence in a real-world situation. The project took place on Oct. 15 in the courtyard at Pearce, where students and staff alike stopped by to see what the students were doing.

“It was cool to take part in a project that obviously took time to make,” senior Kaleb Gillenwater said, “and a project that I actually enjoyed. My group had an amazing time going through the full process of everything that is needed to successfully document a crime scene. Also, the weather was perfect outside, making for an even better time.”

“My group’s set-up crime scene, at first, looked like nothing happened, but looking closer at the ground and every object in the area, I was able to find the specific evidence and document it correctly,” senior Sean Fabris said.

Students were assigned specific jobs such as note-taker, photographer and sketch artist. With every student working hard on their individual assignments, it seemed as though the students were professionals.

“Our set-up crime scene was created in the courtyard,” senior Jason Poindexter said.”It was really fun because I love being outside. The crime scene was just as interesting because I learned about and saw evidence I would have never known was actually evidence. It was much better doing this than to just sit down and take notes.”

The class has studied and investigated the early lives, backgrounds, education, and motives ofserial killer Ted Bundy and murder victim JonBenet Ramsey.

“Studying Ted Bundy was interesting,” senior Alex Silva said. “I was fully interested in the topic. I would have never guessed that this type of study would interest me, but every day I get excited to go to Forensics.”

Labs are an important part of Forensics because the investigation process of a crime scene is immensely important. “The class is never boring, and each day we have something new to work on,” senior Davis Rodgers said.

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