Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a crime scene investigator? To collect evidence, piece it together and help to solve a crime?
I got the opportunity at a Forensics Camp in Auckland during the school holidays and it was amazing. I joined 150 Year 7-10 students from all over the North Island. In our role as detectives we collected finger prints, weapons and DNA evidence. We then had two days to prepare the physical evidence and witness briefs for a trial.
My dad’s a prosecutor in real life so I was really disappointed when I was told I was going to be a defence lawyer. I was sure the accused was guilty so it was pretty hard defending him. During the trial I was really nervous about having to sum up our case in front of a judge and all the students and their parents, but it was a great experience and everyone was so positive – except for our client who was found guilty of murder!
I learnt so much and really enjoyed listening to the police officers, lawyers, detectives and forensic experts who came to talk to us each night. The twelve hour days were challenging, but I made it through and I can’t wait to go back next year.
Fingers crossed I get to be a prosecutor…
by Mia, Year 6