In the United States angry scenes between parents and police and education authorities continue against school race-integration plans.
In the United States angry scenes between parents and police and education authorities continue against school race-integration plans. One of many angry clashes took place in Pontiac, Michigan, on Tuesday (September 7) when nine mothers were arrested after chaining themselves to the gates of a school bus depot to prevent the vehicle leaving. The buses have become the focal point of the controversy, for in the integration plans children have been ordered to attend new schools -- sometimes many miles from their homes and their old schools -- and are taken there on often long bus journeys. It was in Pontiac, last week that ten of the school buses were destroyed by dynamite. In Tuesday's incident, parents were trying to prevent the remaining buses from being used, and many schools in the town were half empty. The Court integration order covering Pontiac affects 8,000 of the city's 24,000 pupils.
SYNOPSIS: Angry clashes between parents and police took place in the United States town of Pontiac, Michigan on Tuesday. The scenes, in which nine mothers chained themselves to the gates of a school bus depot, were part of a country-wide protest against school race-integration plans. The mothers were arrested. The school buses have become the focal point of the row because, as integration means that children are ordered to attended to attend integrated schools usually many miles away from their homes and former segregated schools, it often means extra long journey by buses.
As one set of parents tried to prevent the buses from leaving - ten others at the same depot wee destroyed by dynamite in the past week - other parents were picketing the integrated schools. The scenes have begun afresh this week because the summer school holidays have ended. PAUSE TWO SECONDS. But on Tuesday the first day of the classes at this particular integrated school, attendances were severely down -- by about half in most classrooms, as parents kept their children away in protest.
Another group of parents picketed the Pontiac education authority offices, demanding an end to the long bus journey. About 8,000 of the city's 24,000 pupils are affected.
The Protest included a model bus with two live guinea-pigs inside- "that's what you making of our children", they said. (Guinea-pigs, small animals, are often used for medical experiments.)