Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: PHONE (11/10/16)
TITLE: Experiment 101
By Leola Ogle
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Once the students arrived, he called his panel, Dylan, Cody, Mariah, and Zoey, to the platform. They took a seat behind the table and spread out their notes.
Professor Collins welcomed the class. “We’ve been announcing this for weeks now, and it’s finally here. First off, let me say it was more difficult than I anticipated to find four high school students willing to give up their cellphones for a day.”
He waited for the laughter to stop. “We finally offered monetary compensation. ( more laughter) We got two boys and two girls who signed forms giving our panel access to everything contained on their phones. As minors, their parents also signed a release form. The scenario is: a crime of passion, greed, and violence has been committed. A profile was compiled from information gleaned from the four phones. Our panel determined if any of the four could be capable of committing this crime.”
Professor Collins called on a student with raised hand. “By access to information on the phones, what does that include?” the student asked.
“Texts, calls, social media, financial, and emails. Any other questions? No? Okay, we’ll get started. The phone owners will be referred to as A,B,C, and D. The panel members had access to each phone. They took notes, compared their notes, then composed a profile on each subject. Panel members will present their findings. We’ll start with Dylan.”
Dylan shuffled some papers, then looked up at the classroom. “Subject A. A is female. Pretty. Narcissistic. She posts numerous selfies throughout the day on several social media sites. Condescending in her comments to others. Has two boyfriends, who don’t know about each other. Shops exclusive stores; belittles those who don’t. Disrespects authority. Loves attention and money.”
“Thank you, Dylan. Zoey, you’re next.”
Zoey flashed a wide grin and checked her notes. “Subject B is male. Average looking. An introvert. Struggles with self-esteem; probable cause: getting teased about being a brainy nerd – his words. His family struggles financially. He envies popular and wealthy kids at school; it sometimes borders on hate. He resents that he has to work to buy a car. Doesn’t have a lot of friends, but does have several close friends. Has a steady girlfriend.”
Professor Collins nodded. “Thank you, Zoey. Mariah, your turn.”
Mariah flipped her hair and looked down at her iPad. “Subject C is female. Nice looking in a wholesome way. Attends church; rebukes those who don’t. Self-righteous, critical, condemning of those who disagree with her religious beliefs. Thinks poverty is a virtue, and caring about your looks is vanity. Considers it noble to be disliked by classmates. Has only a few friends.”
“All right.” Professor Collins nodded at Cody. “Last one, Cody.”
Cody raised his head from a folder. “Subject D. Male. Captain of the football team. Popular. A player with the girls. Gets an impressive allowance. Arrogant. Gets passing grades. Got arrested for punching a classmate who backed into his car. Father bailed him out. Bragged he got a girl pregnant; paid for an abortion.”
Professor Collins smacked his hands together. “There you have it. My thanks to our panel. The information taken from the four subjects’ phones was massive. Our panels condensed it into vital issues. You are future lawyers and criminologists. Your papers have the four subjects listed with our panels’ findings. Rate them one through four, one being most likely to commit the crime. Four being least likely. Then I’ll tell you how our panel rated it. Ten minutes. Get started.”
After ten minutes, the panel collected the students’ papers. Another ten minutes and the tally was in. Professor Collins cocked his head as he read the results. His eyebrows raised and he chuckled.
“Class, you decided it’s a tie between subject B and D, both males, as to most likely to commit the crime. Interesting, but I understand how you came to that conclusion. Dylan, tell the class the panel’s decisions.”
“We concluded three subjects are capable of committing the crime. The least likely would be B because of his core values. The most likely is A – do not cross this female.”
When the laughter stopped, Professor Collins asked for questions or comments.
A young lady’s comment, “Be careful and aware that information in your phone could be used against you in court,” was met with applause.
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