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Cool Schools: St. Michael's Forensic Science

4 years 7 months 4 days ago Tuesday, December 16 2014 Dec 16, 2014 December 16, 2014 7:02 AM December 16, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kylie Dixon & Hunter Robinson

BATON ROUGE - Some students at St. Michael's in Baton Rouge used to think police and medical examiners could solve a crime in about an hour, thanks to television shows.

Now they're learning it doesn't really work that way in a class taught by a real death investigator!

"We learn different things like how people died, the cause of death and how long they've been dead," senior Victoria Passmen told News 2's Kylie Dixon. "Within the process we've done a lot of hands on activities, like growing maggots outside with rotting meat, the blood splatter and even went to an autopsy.

The forensic science class is for upperclassmen who have the foundation to take the class. Principal Ellen Lee says they had such a good response to the class, they decided to add more.

"The class was instituted a couple years ago to integrated the different aspects of what students were doing in school," she explains. "they use their math, their biology, their chemistry, their physics in that class, so they don't ever have to ask 'where am I ever going to use this".

The class is taught by Alana Lyons. She's in her first year of teaching at St. Michael's and is also currently a death investigators for the West Baton Rouge Coroner's Office. Many students say it's their favorite and most difficult class.

"Ms. Lyons like to challenge us to make it a better class overall," says senior Christopher Melancon. "We could just do notes or read out of the book, but being hands on helps us learn a lot better."

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark believes classes like these are important.

"there are a lot of different avenues ranging from wanting to be a physician, pathologist and medical examiner, or a coroner like myself," he opined. "

We got an inside look at St. Michael's forensic science class this morning on 2une In.

If you think you've got a Cool School, contact Kylie Dixon at kdixon@wbrz.com or (225) 336-2392.




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