by Patricia Crandall
"Study this photo, class, and tell me what you see,"
instructed Lewis Golden, a math teacher at the Marin Middle School in Carmen, New York. Lew held up a picture of a tortured, dismembered body. The seventh graders squealed with delight before he slapped the picture face down on his desk and took several deep breaths to compose himself.
The realization came too late he had picked up the wrong folder from his brother, Ralph's, cluttered desk at the crime lab in nearby Renssalear when he had stopped early morning to have a cup of coffee. Lew's folder had contained photos of rare plant and insect specimens which he was going to incorporate into a statistical study project for the class in session. (more)