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Dalton high schoolers investigate mock crime scene

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Students at Dalton's Morris Innovative High School (MIHS) spent Thursday morning investigating a fake crime scene at the school. Photo by Dan Kennedy/WRCBtv.com Students at Dalton's Morris Innovative High School (MIHS) spent Thursday morning investigating a fake crime scene at the school. Photo by Dan Kennedy/WRCBtv.com
DALTON, GA (WRCB) - Freshmen at Dalton's Morris Innovative High School (MIHS) spent Thursday morning investigating a fake crime scene at the school.

It's all about learning by doing in a new curriculum adopted by Dalton Public Schools called "Studio E" and it's being phased in as a trial year with MIHS freshmen.

"They said we were going to take a group picture but when I got to the front I seen the flashing lights, the cop car and the SUV," said 9th grader Dylan Rice.

It was just another Thursday at MIHS until the police pulled up to the school. Police led students to a classroom for a murder mystery complete with fake blood, evidence and a body played by the janitor.

It's all part of Studio E, standing for entrepreneurship and empowering and learning real-life skills by working with the community. In this case, the Dalton Police Department.

The freshmen learned it takes all kinds of school subjects to solve a crime: math for measurements, english for reports and science for DNA.

"Studio E isn't like a normal classroom with paperwork and sitting around. You get a hands-on experience with all that's going on," said Rice.

"It's more like we're doing it and learning it rather than reading about it and learning it. I mean, you can't learn to swim in a library. You have to do it in the pool," said freshman Ashley Bryant.

But like any crime, solving it usually takes time and these freshmen will spend the next week working through the real-life puzzle. More hands-on lessons are planned throughout the school year.

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