It was a busy day for (fictional) crime at Livingston High School: stabbing in the science lab, a body found under the stadium bleachers. Blood spilled over the scenes as forensic scientists poured over the evidence, searching for fingerprints, measuring, making observations -- “That looks like two different shoes” – unraveling the mysteries.
The investigators were under the tutelage of Mary Walmsley, the LHS science teacher whose Forensic Science class each year solves the heinous crimes that their peers have set up around the Field House.
“What you see on the outside is only the tip of the iceberg,” Mrs. Walmsley said. “Their work preparing DNA sequences, fingerprints, shoeprints, hair samples, insect and toxicology evidence far outweighs the final, visual product.”
It’s part physical science, part biology and mathematics as the students discovered the clues to cases that would be tabloid fodder, like a robbery of a rare doll at an antiques shop or the home invasion, where a witness saw someone in a Santa suit run from the house.
Members of the Livingston Police Department helped judged the scenes and have provided in-class assistance throughout the year. Det. Gregory Drucks (a LHS graduate) was presented with a plaque thanking him for all the help he has given the program over the past years.