He ran. “Oh,” he realized. “I stole a pair of sneakers.” Thinking back now, he wasn’t sure why he ran.
Stanley was not a bad kid. He was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. He’d just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Clyde Livingston testified that they were his sneakers and that he had donated them to help raise money for the homeless shelter. He said he couldn’t imagine what kind of horrible person would steal from homeless children. Clyde Livingston also came to court. In spite of everything, when Stanley found out that Sweet Feet was going to be there, he was actually excited about the prospect of meeting his hero.
YOU ARE ENTERING CAMP GREEN LAKE JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.
"Stanley Yelnats was the only passenger on the bus, not counting the driver or the guard. The guard sat next to the driver with his seat turned around facing Stanley. A rifle lay across his lap." "He looked at the guard who sat slumped in his seat and wondered if he had fallen asleep. The guard was wearing sunglasses, so Stanley couldn’t see his eyes." He looked out the window, although there wasn’t much to see—mostly fields of hay and cotton.
It is a violation of the Texas Penal Code to bring guns, explosives, weapons, drugs, or alcohol onto the premises.
“Be careful,” the bus driver said as Stanley walked down the steps. Stanley wasn’t sure if the bus driver meant for him to be careful going down the steps, or if he was telling him to be careful at Camp Green Lake. “Thanks for the ride,” he said. His mouth was dry and his throat hurt.
“You are to dig one hole each day, including Saturdays and Sundays. He leaned on the shaft and pried up his first shovelful of dirt, then dumped it off to the side. The shovel sank a few inches into the packed earth.He smiled. For once in his life it paid to be overweight.
As Stanley read the sign he couldn’t help but think, Well, duh! The guard led Stanley to a small building. A sign on front said, YOU ARE ENTERING CAMP GREEN LAKE JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. Next to it was another sign which declared that it was a violation of the Texas Penal Code to bring guns, explosives, weapons, drugs, or alcohol onto the premises.