Sycamore High School students taking criminal justice are participating in the annual “Pig Dig” this week. The “Pig Dig” was started several years ago to incorporate a hands on realistic crime scene investigation experience, incorporating what students have learned in the classroom.
Several months prior to the mock investigation a dead pig is buried onsite at Sycamore High School, in an area designated to be used by the criminal justice department. Creating the most realistic experience possible occupational roles, within the field of criminal justice, are assigned to students.
A mock crime scenario is presented to the students, in this particular crime scene it’s a homicide and the buried pig is representative of the victim. Students during the “Pig Dig” take what little information they’re given on the mock crime to analyze, research and investigate.
They learn how to obtain search warrants, criminal arrest warrants and process a major crime scene which includes digging up the buried pig that represents the body of the homicide victim.
Concluding the criminal investigation a mock courtroom trial will be held and students assigned roles as attorneys will present their case. The judge of the trial will determine whether or not sufficient evidence was collected and presented. Depending on the students arguments and presentations during the trial determines if the person accused is or isn’t prosecuted for the crime.
Pleasant View Police Chief Tad Wheeler and Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove attended and participated in the annually held “Pig Dig” along with Pleasant View Mayor Perry Keenan.
The Criminal Justice Department’s Annual “Pig Dig” is made possible by the Criminal Justice Department teacher Scott Pascarella with the support of many community stakeholders and leaders of Cheatham County.
Cheatham County School District would like to thank SHS Criminal Justice Department, participants, SHS, community stakeholders and county leaders for their part in continuing to make the annual “Pig Dig” possible for the students at Sycamore High School.
Information and pictures herein obtained by Cheatham County School District. To learn more about Cheatham County Schools visit the districts website at http://www.cheathamcountyschools.net.
Cheatham News (c) 2017