Interview with Marcia Webb Lecke
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

WHEN YOU'D SEE THEM IN THE HALLS, DID THEY LOOK LIKE THEY BELONGED THERE?

Marcia Webb Lecke:

When I would see any of the nine in the halls, then it would not be often, I mean, I cannot, I can ne—cannot recall seeing any of them, except Ernie, in the halls. And when I would see Ernie, I would say, "Hi, Ernie," but that was—one didn't have time to talk, or it probably wouldn't have been—I mean, I didn't stand around the hall and talk to anyone. But it would be the – the smile, and the hi, and in that sense, is how I think that – what those of us who had the right attitude, if we had just done more, to be a support system, for nine people who were in a new situation, and uh, from their perspective, their not knowing what was going on in the minds of the other students, and yet we did not go enough out of our way to seek them out and to be a support system for them, and that's what I would do over, and I wish the administration, uh, looking back, had encouraged some groups to do, to be a support system for some young people who really needed some help. Because being in the schools today, I'm so much aware of students who have needs, and they need someone to turn to, and I'm sure that uh, those students had uh, some teachers that they felt comfortable with, and I know that Mrs. Bates offered a lot of support for them. But there were a lot of us who could have, and I wish we had.