Interview with Phyllis Ellison
QUESTION 21
JACKIE SHEARER:

So you were telling us about the atmosphere inside the school and inside the classrooms at that time.

PHYLLIS ELLISON:

OK. The atmosphere inside the classroom was tense. You can't imagine how tense it was inside the classroom. A teacher was almost afraid to say the wrong thing because they knew that that would excite the whole class, a disturbance in the classroom. And the teachers didn't want that in their classrooms. And I can't, ah, blame them at that time because one word would lead to another and that could be a fight, and the, you know, the whole school could be dismissed for the day for that.