Cry of the Hawk

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Cry of the Hawk

Cry of the Hawk


Should the northern Harford County area have its own 'snow zone' for inclement weather days?

  • YES (92%, 60 Votes)
  • NO (8%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 65

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Teacher spills, steals, snatches chemicals in simulation; Forensic students solve crime

    Chemicals, stolen, crime, all happening at North Harford. In this simulation done by Ms. Kristian Jones-Knolls, somebody broke into the science storage closet and stole some of the chemical powers there. The crime scene: chemical power on the floor, footprints everywhere and scatters fingerprints and hair. Bottles of a particular chemical have gone missing from one of the science storerooms. These chemicals are one of the key components used to make a bomb. All the evidence is here, but who will solve this crime? Jones-Knolls forensic students task on the task to solve this simulated crime. 

     Students must draw conclusions as to which of the teachers committed this crime. By going around to the suspect list of teachers and getting samples of fingerprints, shoe prints and hair samples to use for comparison. These teachers include  Ms. Christine Jestel, Ms. Patricia Massetti, Ms. Jennier Chandler, Ms. Barba Mathews, Mr. Brian Harris, Ms. Jean Grimmel,  and finally Ms. Kayla Harmon. Using video surveillance evidence, students determined that these teachers had entered the science closet right around the time the chemicals went missing and are therefore all suspects in this crime. None of the suspects admitted to committing the crime and each provided an alibi as to why they were in the storeroom.

     Students interviewed the teachers on their alibis on where they were at when the crime occurred and if they were in the science storage room in the first place. Junior Emily Signor states that to test the hair samples. “We put both of the hair samples found at the scene and the samples given by the teacher and compared them, using certain things like the color, and other characteristics of the hairs.” Students will then compare all their information with other students found. Then, they were required to make a PowerPoint presentation of their photo evidence of the crime scene, as well as show  the findings of the analysis of the evidence. 

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