"Dangerous pranks" in the form of bomb threats not unusual at Holt schools

By Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Holt Public Schools have received eight bomb threats this school year. “All of the threats were handwritten on a wall, mostly in bathrooms,” said Superintendent David Hornak. The threats were not specific and listed no date or time. “Things like this tend to be copycats,” said Dr. Tod Burke, the Associate Dean of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University. Burke is a criminal justice professor and former Maryland police officer.

Special education funding challenges Holt schools

By Allen Weinstein
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

HOLT — Funding and staffing are two of the biggest challenges for Holt Public Schools in their special education programs.

“Funding and staffing are a challenge for all of the schools,” said Superintendent David Hornak. “We have to be strategic and have to offer efficient programs.” “Special education takes up a lot more of the budget than general education does,” said Michael Willard, principal of Holt High School. “Special education teachers are assigned to students, so we have to pay for them and teachers teaching the general education students. This puts an extra burden on the district,” he said.

Arrest of Ingham Country prosecutor shows that sex crimes know no boundaries

By Anna Shaffer, Roya Burton, Jalen Smith, and Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporters

While the arrest of Ingham County Prosecutor came as a shock to most residents, it shed light on the harsh reality that sex crimes do happen in Mid-Michigan and that a stereotypical criminal isn’t always the suspect. Dunnings was arrested on March 14 after a year-long investigation. He is facing charges for a total of 15 criminal counts including pandering, engaging in the services of prostitution, and willful neglect of duty, according to a press release issued by the State of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. The arrest has gained widespread attention, partly due to Dunnings being an outspoken advocate for ending human trafficking and prostitution. And these crimes have hit close to home for many local residents regarding a problem many didn’t realize was there.

Holt not immune to heroin, prescription drug abuse

By Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Holt’s low crime rate does not mean there’s no drug abuse. “We have a fair amount of drug use. More heroin, prescription drugs, and pot than anything else,” said Deputy Cheryl Huhn of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department. Heroin and marijuana are more used because they’re cheaper than other drugs at street level. “Weed is used more than any other illegal drug.

Two recent bank robberies were two rarities for the area

By Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Bank robberies are pretty rare in Mid-Michigan in the first place. Last month, that rare event happened twice. And on the same day. The two banks were the FirstMerit Bank in Delhi Township and Comerica Bank in Lansing, both on Cedar Road and both robbed on the morning of Feb. 20.

Holt has more high school grads than the national average

By Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Kerry Pahl said her daughter attended Holt schools for a year before moving back to the Lansing School District. “She liked the teachers, and had to work harder because of the higher academic standards. Holt schools have a pretty good reputation,” she said. The numbers bear that out. The U.S. Census website says that 94.5 percent of the population of Holt ages 25 and over are a graduate of high school.