Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

DO YOU REMEMBER ANY PARTICULAR INCIDENTS DURING THAT TIME? ANY THREATS?

Ernest Green:

Well, yeah. I remember a number of them, uh, we used to go, they used to ramshackle our lockers, uh, periodically. I'm sure the school board must have spent thousands of dollars just replacing our books. Uh, the uh other thing was that one night we used to well we used to get a lot of phone calls. And uh one night uh a voice said that uh, one of the girls would be uh… shot in the face with uh, acid out of a water pistol. And . That's alright.

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Ernest Green:

The uh, I guess the, the students uh, were always, we were always getting calls in the middle of the night. And this one time there was a, a call that said uh, one of the girls would be squirted in the face with uh, acid in a water pistol. And uh, that uh, we'd better watch out. So that next morning, walking through the halls, and this was after the, uh, our individual guards before uh, we had individual paratroopers that escorted us from class to class in the hallway. And halfway through the school year they withdrew those, outside of the school and only had the guards stationed uh, outside. Anyway, sure enough, I was walking with Melba Patillo and this kid walks up with a water pistol and squirts her in the face and it turns out it had water. But it was that level of harassment. One of the other things I remember always was in gym… uh, you get into the locker room and the locker room gets steamed up. Uh, there was always incidents of these guys wetting up towels and throwing ‘em over where, where we were. Well we got to be a little cagey about that. We would start dressing in one place, move to another so they were always throwing towels over… some other area. It was a low level uh, of harassment and I guess we sort of uh, put away any idea that we were in immediate physical harm, that anybody was going to kill us. That didn't seem likely. Maybe it was just because uh… we were too young and we believed in what we did, or what we were doin'. But never feared uh, anything uh, physically happening to us.