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Elementary students become FBI Agents to solve crime

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Processing evidence, interviewing suspects and reviewing surveillance video to find out who stole money from a Bullitt County classroom.

“When we left the computer lab and we came back to the room, money had been stolen,” said Gifted/Talented Resource Teacher Kristi Hayes.

Yellow caution tape lined the crime scene in the classroom.

“We're gonna figure out who stole the money, and we have some suspects,” fifth grader Callie Clements said.

But the agents and detectives solving the crime are not who you would think.

“We take the kids through a crime scene and teach them exactly what they would be doing if they were FBI Agents,” Hayes said.

Fourth and fifth graders from the from the Bullitt County Gifted and Talented program were given the task of solving the mock crime. It's part of their Forensic Science Saturday Sessions.

“They are now processing evidence, they're dusting for fingerprints, they had to photograph the evidence.”

A real FBI Agent taught the students to find and collect fingerprints as evidence from glass cups and hotel key cards.

“You have to go really slow and steady or you'll kind of mess some stuff up,” said Clements.

Clements plans on being an FBI Agent when she's older and loves the hands on experience.

“We can now see the fingerprint and we can analyze it to the other people.”

Hayes says the forensic lesson offers enrichment outside of a traditional classroom.

“This is an opportunity for them to see other jobs outside of what they would normally see in school.”

Helping the kids decide at an early age what careers they might be interested in.

“You actually get to like see what the detectives do every day in their job,” fifth grader Macy Waddle said.

When the students finished processing evidence, they interviewed suspects and reviewed surveillance photos before issuing an arrest warrant.

The Saturday Sessions started last year. Other topics include roller coaster physics and art.

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