There are many facets to investigating a crime scene.
Students from the CHS Career Complex class on Law and Public Safety recently visited sixth-graders at Lovett Elementary School to go over the basics. The annual Forensics Fair is a partnership between the CHS class and the ACCENT gifted program at Lovett.
“The main focus is the crime scene itself,” said Jeff Franks, Law and Public Safety teacher and retired FBI agent. “The body and the evidence around it are the central part. There are eight or nine steps students have to work through.”
Students learned about diagramming the crime scene, how to collect evidence, handcuffing, personal protective equipment, fingerprinting and more. CHS student Rejoice Spencer said she wants to be a lawyer and she enjoys teaching the younger students at Lovett.
“I did this last year at Lovett,” she said. “You can tell the (Lovett) kids are excited about learning forensics.”
Sixth-grader Brayden Bullock said his favorite part was the crime scene.
“We’re learning about different ways to do things scientifically,” he said. “It’s not all blood and gore.”
His classmate Natalie Pace said when she grows up, she wants to be an aeronautical engineer but it’s fun to learn about jobs in forensics.
“We learned about what to do at the crime scene and how to find fingerprints and decode writing,” she said.
Lovett ACCENT teacher Ellen Brunson said the forensics unit is something students enjoy each year, and the forensics fair is a great partnership with the high school program.
“Our students learn so much, and they really enjoy the hands-on aspects of the crime scene and investigation,” she said.
Lovett students (from left) Sara Scott, Mikaiden Robinson, Karastan Johnson, and Carter Gibbs take notes as CHS students (from left) Olivia Douell and Sara Grider discuss crime scene investigations.
Lovett students (standing, from left) Logan Bryant, Rusleen Bhalia, Nadia Wilson, Janiya Thompson, Rydell Shaffer, (sitting, from left) Thomas Martin and Ben Tanksley listen to CHS student Rejoice Spencer (standing) discuss evidence collection. Also pictured are CHS student Krystal Hulsey (with camera) and Law and Public Safety teacher Jeff Franks.