Law and Crime Scene Camp


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Students may have packed their pencils away for Thanksgiving break, but some Middle Georgia students are trading theirs in for magnifying glasses. It’s all part of the Youth Law and Crime Scene Camp.

The camp is hosted as a fundraiser by Southwest High School’s Law Academy. Students of the academy were able to share their knowledge with students in 3rd through 8th grade.

Director of the Law Academy, Albert Hall says it’s important for children to know about the law.

“They need to know more about the law so we decided to have the camp,” Hall said. “To show them about the courtroom and learn about the SWAT team. Give them some idea about fingerprints and a lot of things students will need to know.”

The idea for the camp came from Law Academy junior, Henry Hall.

“I thought, hey,, kids don’t have anything to do but if they want to learn about law we can host a program,” Henry Hall said.

Twenty-five students enrolled in the two-day camp. It’s opened the eyes of many students who attended, like 7th grader Iya Carter.

“They make it look so easy on TV but like when you actually do it, it’s hard,” Carter said.

Students were able to learn about fingerprints, visit a courtroom, earn police badge, visit a crime lab and get a kid identification.

“I told my mom i really want to go to this school when i get to high school,” said 5th grader Saylor West.

Southwest High School Law Academy is the only Law Academy in Middle Georgia. This is its first time hosting the camp and plan to do it again in February.
All of the proceeds go to the school’s “Skills USA” organization.

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Edna Ruiz joined the 41NBC news team in October of 2016. She was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. Edna graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016, majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. During her time at USF, she interned at Univision Tampa Bay, FOX 13 News and was the On-Air Promotions announcer for the New York Yankees during Spring Training. She was a USF Latino Scholar and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She comes from a Mexican-American background and is fluent in Spanish. Although she’s very new to the area, she is excited to be serving the Middle Georgia community. Edna loves to meet new people and hear their stories. So, if you have a story idea or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to her at