Middle school students are finding the solving a murder mystery teaches critical thinking, and they are acquiring skills in science, technology and math as they do it. Members of the faculty participated in the exercise, setting up a murder mystery to engage students in critical thinking and evaluation.
12 year old Mason Galante proved in detail that the death of a 56 year old maintenance worker Larry Cunningham was not an accident. He carefully sketched where the deceased had fallen from a ladder in the school library. He used a grid format to map the location of the body. He found DNA samples, a print of a shoe, and orange thread. He watched video interviews of seven suspects, evaluating their statements. .
Mason concluded that the person responsible for Cunningham’s death was the school principal, Shunte Dugar.
“If you listen to the statement, she said that the worker was replaceable, but we had to ‘get rid of him’ before someone new could be hired,” Galante said. “She was also seen in the library this morning around the time of the accident, and then she immediately went to her office to change her shoes. It seems pretty off to me.”