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MARS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BECOME CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATORS FOR A DAY THROUGH LA ROCHE COLLEGE PROGRAM


5/6/2008

Pittsburgh, April 18, 2008 — Mars High School biology teacher Bill Wesley and 19 students from the school visited La Roche College in McCandless from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, to take part in the college’s annual CSI Day, which provides students with a look at how crime scene investigations are different from how they are portrayed on television.

Among other activities, the 11th- and 12th-grade students and Mr. Wesley participated in gathering clues and interviewing witnesses at a mock crime scene, took part in a drunk-driving simulation, talked with a City of Pittsburgh detective about gathering evidence and watched a K-9 unit demonstration. The event was organized by the college’s chapter of Delta Lambda Rho, the professional criminology honor society.

“We want students to understand that there are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes in a criminal investigation, and most crimes are not solved in a one-hour time slot like you see on TV,” said Professor Bob Mitchell of the college’s Department of Justice, Law and Security and a veteran FBI agent. “The students today have done a great job.”

At the end of the day, the students’ crime scene investigation results and evidence packets were evaluated by the members of the college’s Criminal Justice Club. All students who participated received a certificate at the end of the day.

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