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DENISON, TX -- It is a line of work dramatized on many television shows, and some students are getting an opportunity to learn what is investigating a crime scene is really like.

Students say it is not all about fancy machines. Instead, there is a lot of thinking that goes into analyzing a crime scene. On Thursday, they got to practice some skills they have been talking about since August.

The field trip for about 30 students from Denison and Bonham was part of their science classes in forensics. High school students learned the right way to fire a gun using a computer program as part of a special visit to Grayson College.

"We took an exam and we just finished the shooting, that was the best part of the day," says Bonham student Shtoria McFail.

"I killed the suspect, I thought I was going to do really horrible, probably aim at the sky, but I really didn't," says Bonham student Solmayra Longoria.

"At Bonham High School, it's one of our fourth year science options," says teacher Crystal Buckaloo. "It kind of gives the kids the opportunity to incorporate all of the sciences and apply it in real world situations."

"I had one young lady that came in and she never handled a firearm, never picked one up, and was kind of embarassing to some of the guys because she was very good at it," says Grayson College instructor David Huss, who taught students about shooting. "It's just basic motor skills, and you can teach anybody to do it.

In a patch of grass, students checked with a metal detector, to see if they could pick up on a few buried guns and metal plates.

"They've learned that there's not always an answer so they need to be able to come up with and formulate an answer and they need to be able to support that answer," says Buckaloo.

For these seniors, it is also a chance to think more about forensics and whether it is a career field that might interest them. "I've actually considered it for a long time if I wanted to do it, be a CSI investigator," says Longoria.

"It's been great you know getting out of the classroom and coming out here and meeting with people who are actually students and doing this, and how they've progressed and I think it will be interesting in the future," says Denison student Eric Gann.

The shooting simulator is used to teach real police recruits studying to become a peace officer as part of the Texoma Regional Police Academy class at the college. Buckaloo says the field trip solidified the interest of a few students interest in pursuing criminology as a career path. The best student in the shooting competition was a girl, while two boys tied for second and went to a shootout.