Sixth Grade Solves a Forensic Case

The sixth grade classes became detectives solving a case using evidence provided for them by Mrs. Henigan. The forensics kit and blood typing kit were provided by the Leslie family and by a grant provided by Mr. George Carnall. The kits, along with a mystery story, allowed the students to choose among four suspects who stole an expensive and historical museum piece, a dress worn by a first lady. Each class was divided into 6 groups, and each group had hair and fiber samples found in a search of the suspects’ belongings. Each suspect’s blood type and fingerprints were also provided. These items had to be compared to the evidence found at the crime scene. Sixteen of the eighteen groups chose the correct suspect as guilty using the evidence provided. Hudson Brown said that this class was lots of fun, and asked to do another forensics class before the school year ends.