MASON, Ohio (WXIX) – Students in the local cold class are now becoming national headlines for the work they have done.
The Mason High School program focuses on using criminal psychology, forensic science and research to help find new traces of unresolved cases.
Students in the classroom work with their teacher, Randy Hubbard, to develop theories, rummage through evidence, and talk to the victims’ families.
“Students learn to talk to people with a kind heart, a warm understanding, and they can also ask them questions without upsetting them,” Hubbard said.
This year, classmates focused on 13 cases. Some are local, while others are based outside the state. The list also includes the murder of Columbus’ mother Alice Jackson.
“We were able to apply for an FOIA and we were able to get her autopsy report, so they looked at the autopsy report and came up with theories about what they thought happened at the scene,” Hubbard said.
Their work on Jackson’s case is now highlighted in a national article in People magazine.
“The kids were extremely excited, but they were also happy that maybe Alice’s story would get out and then the fact that it would open the door to the other stories we’re working on,” Hubbard said.
Through social media, a website and a podcast, the class continues to raise awareness about Jackson and all the people at the heart of their current case.
“Maybe people will give us a chance and see that our children are working really hard and that maybe they can find things that haven’t been found in the past,” Hubbard said.
The program is growing every year, from 15 to 20 children to more than 40 now, according to Hubbard.
Hubbard said many students plan to pursue careers in the field and hopes that class experience will help them do so.
“It’s nice to see that students find their passion and will continue to do so, and hopefully they will use it to help other people in the future,” Hubbard said.
Students will present their work on Jackson’s case and on all of their current cases at the April 28 presentation. It will be held at 6pm at Mason High School and is open to the public.
Hubbard said students will talk about what they have learned about each investigation and each victim, professionally and with respect.
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