Inspired by such top-rated television shows as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "CSI: Miami," students across the country are lining up to take forensics classes in high schools and even middle schools.

Proponents of the courses view them as another way to get kids interested in science and technology. But critics fear this trend raises disturbing ethical questions and might sensationalize violence if not handled correctly.

"It seems to me that schools need to focus on education and citizenship training for young people," said Ronald Stephens, executive director of the

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