Former SSC principal writes book about experience
STERLING — Sterling resident Dennis Haut said he wanted to let people know the truth, and he hopes his new book about his experience as a high school principal at Standish-Sterling Central will inform people about what really goes on behind the scenes.
The book, titled “Listen to the Echo: Truth & Justice Betrayed,” debuted on Aug. 28 in paperback and e-reader formats, and has already sold 25,000 copies nationwide.
Haut said the book has “caused a stir” in the area.
“I wanted to let people know what was going on,” he said. “Everything in this book actually happened.”
According to a description of the book on Amazon.com, “You will be surprised at what actually takes place in institutions for your children in both public and private schools existing today in our society. You can now judge for yourself based on the true facts presented in this book.”
Haut declined to comment about controversial issues in the book, but claims that every detail is true, though he changed the names of those involved.
“I wanted to protect the innocent, if there were any,” he said.
Haut said that people know him as a person who tells the truth.
“I have been known to speak my mind,” he said. “I think that people respect that.”
Haut, who still lives in Sterling, retired from SSC in 2004. He added that he never wanted to retire.
“I never wanted to resign or retire from the district when I did,” he said. “I just did what was the best option for me to have (health) coverage.”
Haut said he also writes about his experience as a principal at St. Stevens in Saginaw and Bay City All Saints.
“The first 47 pages of the book talk about my time in Saginaw and Bay City,” he said. “Most of it is about my time in Standish.”
Haut said the book could be in discussions for a movie deal soon as well.
“My editor informed me that the he may pitch the book for a movie in New York soon,” he said. “We will see where that takes us.”