WASHINGTON — Local students tried their hand at solving crimes and found it’s much different than what’s portrayed on television.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences hosted 125 students at its student academy on Tuesday. Students were given a crime scenario and had to analyze several pieces of evidence to determine whether a suspect was guilty.
Inspired by shows like C.S.I. and Law and Order, Phoebe Bain, 16, from Warrenton, Va., said she wanted to be a psychiatrist.
“Taking a DNA sample, they do it in like 30 seconds on C.S.I. and you get like the person’s name and phone number, and address and stuff,” she said. “But it would actually take like three years in real life, and I never knew that before.”
The academy focused on several disciplines of forensic science, including, criminalistics, engineering sciences, odontology, pathology, anthropology, psychiatry, and toxicology.