Interview with Craig Rains
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ROLE DID THE TEACHERS PLAY IN THIS SITUATION?

Craig Rains:

The teachers had a very tough role in this situation, especially early on, when the National Guard was there. At the time, the school was not air-conditioned, so the windows were open, hot, in September, and the crowd was right outside the windows. So it's terrible distracting. You could hear people milling, and shouting, and chanting, and the noise of cars driving around, and every once in a while you'd hear a jeer go up, and you'd wonder what in the world — as a student, you'd wonder, what's going on out there? And so the teachers had to work extra hard to keep our concentration, and to keep our minds on our schoolwork. I think they did a fantastic job. They — then after the students, after the black students came in, of course, the tension was there, and the teachers did a tremendous job to break down the tension, and to ease everybody's mind that there wasn't going to be any violence. Although we had — from time to time, we would have bomb scares, fake bomb scares. I think one time they may have found some dynamite in a – in a locker, but it was really the teachers who, and the student leaders, who worked so hard to ease all of this, and to make the transition smooth. And they really did a tremendous job.