Students Learn About Crime Scene Investigation 

Wayne Harvey

7th grade students at the Veazie Community School started a project on Tuesday that integrates science, math, social studies…and crime. “Ultimately what we’re looking for at the end is to put the bad guy in jail.” “Most of all I’m going to learn about how to process different DNA and stuff like that, crime scene information, figure out how to solve crimes.”The students will play the role of crime scene investigators, with help from Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard. They try to keep everything as realistic as possible, so they won’t know anything about the crime before it happens. “If I know who’s committed the crime, then I’m not going to be able to work hard or teach these kids how we learn, because when we respond to a scene we don’t know who’s committed the crime.” Cheif Leonard said. “It’s our job to find out who’s done it and that’s what I want these kids to experience, is we’ve arrived on a crime scene and we need to find out who did it and we need to prosecute ’em”This is the third year this unit has been taught. “I heard that it was really fun and they really enjoyed it and I’m really excited to do it.” “Right here in this bag we can just about process every scene that we would be called to.”The kids will do everything police would do: taking fingerprints, talking to suspects, and seeing it go to trial. “It’s like a pretty long process and that at the end of it you get split up into groups like the prosecution and defense and they investigate the crime scene and come to a conclusion and we have a trial at the end of it.” “I think the fact that we bring in people from the outside also helps them really buy into it because they get to actually collect the fingerprints. They do actually process the evidence with help from the Veazie Police so it seems more real to them.” “I just think it’s cool how people can figure out that type of stuff with such little information like that, and I just think it’s cool.”