Interview with Kathy Stapleton

Okay, now, when busing was first declared, a lot of kids boycotted. Tell me about kids you knew who boycotted.


Well, people boycotted. A lot of children did boycott school because, for different reasons: safety reasons, peer pressure, um, um, certain groups of people, you know that, that would antagonize children who did go to school, and they felt that a boycott would be effective in some way. I did not boycott. I, I stayed out of school when a majority of children stayed out of school, um, mostly for safety reasons on days that I didn't think that it was safe to be in the building, or it was not a good idea. But, basically, I did try to go as often as I could.