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Mich. activist crawls in protest of high school closure

May 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM   |   Comments

ALBION, Mich., May 31 (UPI) -- An activist in Michigan said he crawled on his hands and knees for 25 miles to protest the closing of a high school in Albion.

Bobby Holley, an older man who declined to give his age, began the crawl Tuesday morning in his home town of Battle Creek and ended it Thursday afternoon in front of the New Life Ministries International Church in Albion, mlive.com reported.

The Albion Public Schools Board of Education, which is facing a $1.1 million deficit, voted May 14 to discontinue teaching high school students.

"Don't worry about what condition I'm in," Holley said to a crowd of supporters Thursday. "I had to do this to create awareness of the situation [at Albion High School]. Now it's the community's turn to show support."

Former Albion High School Principal Derrick Crum attended the rally at the end of Holley's crawl. Crum was voted out Tuesday by the Albion Public Schools.

"My firing was fair," Crum said. "The school has to save money, I get that. What we're trying to say here, though, is that we want the district to exhaust all their options before doing something this drastic."

Board member Sonya Brown said she walked the last several miles of Holley's journey with him.

"I'm a community member and Albion parent first and foremost," she said. "This affects us all."

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