Loranger High School students from Christina Verberne's Biology II class and Heather Husser's Theater class collaborated together for their culminating activitiy using skills they have learned in their classes. The mock crime scene investigation look place in the school's library complete with bright yellow crime scene tape and fake blood.
Verberne applied for a grant for the fake blood kits and materials and was granted them for her students."This exercise was a great way for the students to put into practice all they have learned this year," said Verberne. "We held a mock crime scene exercise earlier this year in our classroom, but since they absolutely love doing that one, we decided to do another this time in the library so that we would have more room in which to work," she added.
"Both Biology II classes will use forensics skills and the theater class will put into practice applying the skills we have learned in our classes," Devanney Evans, a senior said prior to their special event.
As observers walked in, they were met with the actual yellow crime scene tape which roped off the sensitive crime scene evidence areas. In addition to this, Chantell White, one of the investigators stopped and questioned everyone who wanted access to the mock crime scene just like what takes place at real ones, and if you could give a good excuse for wanting to enter, she allowed you entry.
The students were investigating the mock crime scene in different stations. At the actual mock crime scene, Caleb Bauer, an LHS theater class student, played the part of the unfortunate victim, and in that cardoned off area, the biology II students gathered evidence to find clues. They gathered the empty cups and cans at the crime scene for testing wrapping each item in special brown paper which after wrapping, they gave to the lab investigators. The Lab investigators dusted evidence for fingerprints while police investigators questioned witnesses and possible suspects.
The mock crime scene investigation used higher level thinking skills for both the biology and theater students utilizing synthesis and many of the others as well.
This mock crime scene is still under investigation with all of the students involved still learning.