Public Schools: A Question of Conduct

It was a bright, ordinary high school auditorium, scene of a thousand earnest morning assemblies, commencements and Christmas pageants. Last week, instead of the familiar back-to-school routine, it featured a hearing—very nearly a trial—of considerable drama. Before a crowd of parents, teachers and reporters, a pretty, dark-eyed girl with long blonde hair testified that one of her teachers had molested her. Most schools sooner or later experience similar episodes, and the whole affair seemed to evoke some half-remembered "children's hours" from the movies. What made this case look different was the fact that the accused happened to be a Negro.


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