Holt High School Opens its Doors to Comfort Community

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

As the Holt community mourns the death of 16-year-old Robbie Bolanowski and 19-year-old Alysha Salt, staff is standing by at Holt High School to help people deal with the loss. The teens were killed in a car accident in Meridian Township Monday night.

Crisis intervention was put into place as soon as staff at Holt High School got the news, and close to 50 people have attended so far. Holt Public Schools social worker Dave Bird says they're giving kids, parents, and community members a chance to come in and talk about friends they've lost and also friends that still remain hospitalized.

Four other Holt teens were injured in the crash and as of Wednesday 19-year-old Terrance Hall and 19-year-old Stephen Ancona are in critical condition at Sparrow Hospital. Travis Wedley, 17, is in serious condition at Sparrow Hospital, and 19-year-old Laura Joss is in fair condition at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. The 34-year-old Mason man thought to be responsible for the crash is in serious condition at Sparrow Hospital.

Psychologists, social workers, and staff at Holt High School will be available through Friday for crisis intervention. Anybody wanting to talk once school starts is encouraged to stop in.

Meantime, visitation and service arrangements for Robbie Bolanowski and Alysha Salt have been made. Visitation for Robbie will be Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Holt Delhi Chapel. Visitation for Alysha will be at the family's home in Holt Saturday from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. with the service following visitation.


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