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Charlestown students react to busing

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Summary
Police line up outside Charlestown High School on the first day of school. A bus with a police escort pulls up. African American students enter the school peacefully. Crowds of Charlestown residents are gathered along Bunker Hill Street while school is in session. Judy Stoia interviews a group of Charlestown students who are boycotting school. One student says that he will boycott school for the whole year if necessary. The students say that they do not mind if African American students are bused in to Charlestown; that Charlestown students should not be bused out. One student says that "townies" must stick together. The students predict that the crowds will remain on the streets of Charlestown until the end of the school day. Another reporter interviews a group of male Charlestown High School students. The students complain of being turned away from Charlestown High School this morning because they were late. The students say that they cannot practice with their sports teams if they do not attend school. The students say that outsiders should not be allowed to play on Charlestown sports teams; that outsiders on Charlestown sports teams will be given a hard time until they quit. Several students in the second group use racist language. The students interviewed have strong Boston accents.
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Busing for school integration--Massachusetts--Boston--History, Police patrol, Race relations, Segregation in education--Massachusetts--Boston--History, Segregation, Civil rights, Charlestown High School (Boston, Mass.), Boston (Mass.). Police Dept., Bunker Hill Housing Project, MDC (Metropolitan District Commission) Police Department
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1:00:04: Visual: Police are lined up in the street in front of Charlestown High School on the first day of school. Graffiti on the front of the school is painted over. The media is gathered behind a fence across the street from the school.

1:01:30: V: A police car approaches slowly, escorting a school bus. The school bus pulls up to the front of the school. African American students exit the bus and enter the school. White students watch the action on the street from an upper window of the school. Police officers on motorcycles wait alongside the bus. The bus pulls away, followed by motorcycles. Shot of the bus circling Monument Square; of two police motorcycles circling Monument Square; of police stationed in Monument Square.

1:05:48: V: Crowds of people, including school-aged kids, are assembled outside of the Bunker Hill Housing Project on Bunker Hill Street. Cars pass by slowly. Shots of the top of the Bunker Hill Monument, visible over a building.

1:08:14: V: A group of white youth are gathered near a fence on Bunker Hill Street. A voice yells, "No busing." The group waves at the camera. Judy Stoia approaches the group and brings some members over to the camera for an interview. Two males convince a girl named Patty to join the interview. She is reluctant. They are joined by an older man. The older man says that he has six grandchildren who are being bused out of Charlestown. One of the males (Mike) says he plans to boycott school all year; that Charlestown has been quiet "because we are not racists." The older man says that he has spoken to some African American residents of the Dudley Street Housing Project; that they were "good people." Members of the group say that crowds of anti-busers will stay in the street until the end of the schoolday. Mike says that a total boycott of the school could stop busing; that anti-busing demonstrations in Charlestown may turn violent. Another male says that demonstrators in Charlestown will be peaceful. The group is reluctant to talk further and begins to move away from the camera. Stoia asks them how they feel about dropping out of sports programs because of the boycott. Members of the group say that they can play sports among themselves; that they do not mind African American students being bused into Charlestown; that they resent Charlestown students being bused out; that "townies" must stick together.

1:13:20: V: A group of young white male students are gathered in the street. A reporter asks them about sports in Charlestown. One student says that you can't go to sports practice if you have missed school. A second student says that Charlestown sports teams should not have to admit players from outside of Charlestown; that players from outside of Charlestown will be given a hard time in practice until they quit. Members of the group say that Charlestown students who are assigned to schools outside of Charlestown are boycotting school; that buses leaving Charlestown are empty. Another student says that there are no cops on the field for sports practices; that Charlestown players will be rough on outsiders during sports practices. Members of the group say that Charlestown sports teams do not need players from outside of Charlestown. The group says that Charlestown students were turned away from Charlestown High School this morning because they were late. Several members of the group use racist language. One student says that tardy students were turned away unless they had a note from their parents; that African American students on buses were let in to school. Several of the group say that they had been planning to take over the school this morning. One student shows his Charlestown High School identity card to the reporter.