Students investigate murder scene as CSI lesson comes to life - The Solihull Observer
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16th Aug, 2022

Students investigate murder scene as CSI lesson comes to life

Sarah Mason 28th Jun, 2022

A MURDER scene was investigated by Criminology students at Solihull Sixth Form College.

The students’ lessons were brought to life as the took part in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) lesson to solve the crime.

The Year 12 students divided into groups and took on different roles, including investigating officer, crime scene investigator, forensic officers and witnesses.

Those taking on the role of CSIs were the only ones allowed near the crime scene and it was their job to photograph and document the clues they found.

Forensic officers were in another room examining those clues to attempt to identify DNA, fingerprints and any other clues that the CSIs could find.

Each group had a Senior Investigating Officer to take overall charge of the investigation, as would happen in a real police investigation.

A small group of students took on the role of witnesses and were given a narrative to follow, including what their character’s relationships were to each other and to the deceased.

In each group, a student took on the task of interviewing the witnesses to help with their investigation.

The students were able to identify which of the “witnesses” had committed the crime, but agreed that it would be unlikely there would be enough evidence to secure a conviction if this were a real life murder enquiry.

Criminology teacher Mandy Tipper said: “The CSI lessons are always a lot of fun.

“It helps bring the work of the police, crime scene investigators and forensic officers to life for the students to take on these roles and try to interpret clues for themselves.”

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