Education: Teacher's Crime (Contd.)

When Elementary School Teacher Minnie Lee Baskin was bulldozed into resigning (TIME, March 3), no one in rural Lakeland, Ga. thought that she would ever teach there again. Her excellent 21-year teaching record was far outweighed by her act of allowing one of her pupils, a nine-year-old white boy, to ride home in a Negro school bus because the white bus had already left and her own car had a flat tire.

The father of the white boy cooled down, signed a paper saying that Minnie Lee Baskin had meant no harm. Appealing to the State Board of Education for reinstatement, Teacher...

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