DHS begins using a buzz-in system

By kira perry & rachel wittenberg

Around two years ago, Dexter Community Schools was given a $500,000 dollar grant to install a buzz-in security system in the six of its buildings, Assistant Principal Ken Koenig said.  

However, not every building used this security system as was originally intended.  Bates Elementary School has been using it for a while, said Stacey Wing, Dexter High School’s secretary.

DHS, however, started using the buzz-in system last Thursday after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting happened in Parkland, Florida.  After this tragedy on the February 14, the county superintendent sent out an email about school safety.  That is when the high school decided to start using the buzz-in system.

“I probably buzz in about 50 people a day,” said Wing, who keeps the camera and button on her desk. Wing also said DHS will be getting another camera and button to put on another secretary’s desk.

An administrative meeting will take place on Tuesday where school safety will be a main topic of discussion, Koenig said.

The Invisible Illness

Mental illness can be as severe as other illnesses, but students say even though they are hard to see, they are still there

By Tess Alekseev, Heather Brouwer, Isabella Franklin, Evelyn Maxey, Kira Perry, and Rachel Wittenberg

At five years old, she was so angry with herself for upsetting her mother that she placed a sign outside her bedroom door saying she was going to kill herself.

“I was so scared of getting in trouble,” an anonymous student at DHS who will hereafter be referred to as Erin said. “I thought this [reaction] was normal, but my mom immediately freaked out and took me to the hospital. That was kind of the wake-up call, that maybe something wasn’t right.”

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Cheating Gone Wild

The Squall talked with a variety of students about cheating, some of whom have been caught in the act and others who have been able to escape persecution. We have decided to leave these students anonymous to protect their identity and reputation amongst their teachers and their peers.

It was Wednesday, the night before my nine-week IB Biology exam. I had gotten little sleep the night before because I had been working all night on my AP government outline. This week was the worst possible week to have this biology exam. All my classes are extremely busy. My AP government test was today, my English commentary was this past Monday, and my Pre-Calc test was this last Tuesday.

I had worked so hard to do well on all of these, but, for some reason, I pushed studying for biology until the night before the exam. My heart is racing. It is worth such a big part of my grade and I could not imagine what my parents would do if they found out I bombed it. If Michigan sees that I got a D in IB Biology, there is no way they would ever accept me.

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Just Dance

Be in the spotlight, bust out the worm, or ask her if she wants to slow dance with you. Who cares? You do you.

BY RACHEL WITTENBERG

What happened to Footloose and Grease Lightening where dancing was the highlight of the night? Where the girl is waiting for the blue eyed boy in the bow tie and suspenders to ask her to dance.

I know there are many reasons why youngins don’t get down and boogie at school dances nowadays. For some, it is the teachers staring down at their every move waiting to pounce at the first sign of dry humping on a gym floor. Or maybe it’s the fact that the lights are brighter than they are on a normal school day. Or, the music isn’t “club” like, enough. Continue reading “Just Dance”