At Lie Detector Test UK we share our case studies on our blog so that our readers can better understand how polygraph services are useful in everyday life. Regular followers of the blog know that we change the names and places of where we conduct tests to protect client confidentiality. However, a lie detector test in Maidstone that we conducted has hit the headlines and we have the permission from our client to publish some information about it.
We have decided to do this because other providers of polygraph tests in the area seem to be laying claim to conducting the test. Some publications we have seen are erroneous and misleading. Not only that, they haven’t even taken the time to check the spelling of our client’s surname which is McDonald and not MacDonald.
Alexandra McDonald’s case
We were approached by Alexandra’s father, Peter McDonald, to conduct a lie detector test in Maidstone. Alexandra is a pupil studying at Rochester Grammar School. She was accused with one of her peers of deliberately placing peanuts in a classroom knowing that a teacher, who worked in it, had a nut allergy. Solely based on the allegation Alexandra was suspended from school for a period of 20 days.
The school justified the suspension suggesting that the teacher could have come to serious harm due to what they considered was possibly a prank. In addition they stated that the two accused girls had been observed giggling outside the classroom. Both girls emphatically deny having anything to do with the incident.
Alexandra was upset and says that the accusations against her have made her think twice about her aspiration to become a teacher. She has always enjoyed her time at Rochester Grammar School and has been shocked by the behaviour of the school toward her.
Lie Detector Test in Maidstone
Our fully qualified and APA accredited polygraph examiner, conducted the polygraph test at Alexandra’s home. The environment met our strict criteria for home tests which include no interruptions and complete quiet. It was not conducted at our Head Office as has been suggested in some articles we have seen.
The test lasted 2 hours during which there was a pre-test interview. This time is spent with the polygraph examiner getting to know the subject and discussing the questions to be asked. The polygraph test followed, where relevant questions were asked regarding the peanut incident. The results showed that Alexandra was not responsible for it and didn’t know who was. She didn’t even know what type of nuts they were, only having been told that there were nuts crushed into the carpet outside a classroom.
With 97 percent accuracy the polygraph is almost on a par with DNA testing. With the results available to the school we recommend they use them to further their investigation as to who is actually responsible.
How lie detector tests help in these situations
As UK Home Office approved polygraph examiners, we are aware that the polygraph is used for a variety of purposes by Police Forces in Britain. Whilst the test is associated with deception or the lack thereof, it also helps to eliminate suspects. The police can then look at different aspects of investigation. In Alexandra’s case this is exactly what the school should be doing. Rather than disrupt her mock A level examinations which will now have to be taken elsewhere, they should allow her back to school. We hope they will.
If you would like to know more about Alexandra’s lie detector test in Maidstone, please contact us on our free helpline – 0800 368 8277 or 020 3129 6800. Our polygraph services are nationwide.
We hope this blog post has clarified who conducted the test, how and why.