Interview with Phyllis Ellison
QUESTION 16
JACKIE SHEARER:

And what was it like in terms of, I mean, give a sense of what the violence was. How many fights a day would there be on a normal day?

PHYLLIS ELLISON:

On a normal day? Anywhere between ten and fifteen.

JACKIE SHEARER:

Could you give me that again in a full sentence?

PHYLLIS ELLISON:

OK. On a normal day there would be anywhere between ten and fifteen fights per day.**You could walk down the corridor and some- a Black person would bump into a White person or vice versa. That would be one fight. And they'd try to separate it because at that time it was so, there was so much tension in the school** that one fight could just have the school dismissed for the entire day because it would just lead to another and another and another. And so they didn't want it to be a riot so the school could be dismissed you know, after one or two fights for the day.