RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Baker Middle School has a unique class that teaches the ins and outs of forensic science. Tuesday the students were the first in the area to have a hands-on field trip involving a crime scene.
News Leader 9 responded to a crime scene in Russell County where two victims have lost their lives. But it wasn't investigators who are looking into the crime, its middle schoolers.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor explained, "There are some folks who are injured. There are witnesses they have to interview. There are weapons they have to log and evidence they have to recover. It is almost a realistic scenario of something we have to deal with on a daily basis."
The Baker Middle School CSI class teamed up with the Russell County Sheriff's Office to conduct a mock crime scene.
Baker Middle School 8th grade student Tory Alexander said, "We're doing a crime scene investigation. We're finding bodies and we're taping off the crime scene and learning about forensic science."
Myrese Henley, who is in 6th grade, added, "Reading about it you get a little bit of an understanding, but once you are really doing you see the evidence and it is more interesting."
"If I choose to go into an area of forensic science, I'll already know the basics," said 7th grade student Zacques Ingram.
The exercise lasted four hours, but the students eventually solved the crime.
Baker Middle School Principal Tamura Magwood told News Leader 9, "I'm a CSI junkie myself, so to actually see my kids get the opportunity in middle school to police a scene and come up with the clues. It is exciting for me and I know it is very exciting for them."
These students walked away with hands-on experience in a career field they may want to pursue.