In wake of school shootings elsewhere, Mason schools working to keep everyone safe

What seems like an increase in school violence attacks may not be the case due to the media but that still hasn’t stopped schools in Mason from protecting the students. While Mason has had a few instances where precautionary measures were needed to be taken, the six schools have never had to deal with anything serious like what happened in Florida, said Superintendent of Mason Public Schools Ronald Drzewicki. Parents are always going to show concern for their children, especially at school when there are so many other students. With the schools protected, the staff is talking with the students on what to do in any situation instead of spending more money for protection. Mason Police Officer Jeremiah Budd, the school’s contact officer said, “It would be a long process to redue the security …

Bad road conditions are damaging residents’ vehicles in East Lansing

During what was expected to be a typical day driving for Uber, East Lansing resident Antoine Cato encountered a pothole. Cato could feel something wrong with his car and began to slow down. Once he made it to an auto shop, he grew angry and frustrated upon learning the hefty cost of replacing his tires. “I ended spending over $200 on two front tires … I was angry because these roads have been in need of repair,” said Cato.

Harsh potholes continue to give residents of Ingham County problems

Austin Faulds was driving through Ingham County recently, where he saw the front tires of two different cars completely fly off. The reason for these motorists misfortune? The result of hitting a pothole. Faulds is a manager and delivery driver at Pita Pit in East Lansing, and is among several Ingham County residents who are tired of dealing with the poor road conditions. Jabreel Naser, an employee of a gas station in Ingham County, has encountered several instances where people have voiced their irritation with the roads.

East Lansing recovers from February’s flooding

East Lansing pushes forward after the flood which occured at the end of February. Due to rainfall and rapid snow melting, residents were advised of potential floods in the area. According to the City of East Lansing’s website, the level of Red Cedar River was expected to rise to 9.5 feet by the end of the week of Feb. 20. Residents were advised to avoid driving through water and to report any flooded streets or areas.

Flooding affects West Grand River Avenue, other parts of Ingham County

OKEMOS – on February 22, many roads in Ingham County were blocked by flooding. Because of snow and the heavy rain, there was a lot of water on the Grand River Avenue, and parts of that road and other roads were blocked off. The police erected a stop sign before the water, but many people still drove through the flood road. Some vehicles were trapped in the flood, and drivers was unable to continue the vehicle. Harvey Leroy is an police officer of Meridian Township.

Reactions to controversial freedom of speech discussion on campuses

Freedom of speech is one aspect of the First Amendment that frequently plays itself into controversy within the country. There has been a longstanding debate on what constitutes as fair or unfair in several different cases regarding the issue. A specific forum that has been targeted are college campuses. Response to prior events on college campuses have brought forth questions on whether or not a college can be regarded as a completely public forum. Technically, a public school is considered to be a public forum, but it does hold its limitations in some cases.

Dogs need special care during winter

Some dogs are made for the winter. Huskies have heavy fur and tough paws which allow them to handle these harsh conditions with no problem. But some dogs do not have the same luxuries, which makes winter tough. “We take him on walks which sucks in the winter time,” said Joey’s Pet Outfitters employee Krystal Witt. Dogs routinely need to go outside for multiple reasons from walking to using the restroom.

Grand Ledge reacts to high school bomb threats

A bomb threat at Grand Ledge High School, coupled with similar threats made against surrounding area schools, resulted in multiple active Shelter-in-Place and evacuation situations within the last two weeks. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, students and staff at the high school in Grand Ledge sheltered-in-place after reports of a bomb threat reached the school’s administration. The threat was found written on a bathroom wall. Grand Ledge High School sophomore Anne-Marie Latourette said the school entered into the Shelter-in-Place while she was in her second-hour class period.

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