The military guards continued to escort the black students around the school for the rest of the year. However, this did not stop the white students from making the African Americans feel threatened or intimidated. Throughout the year, the Little Rock Nine suffered many physical and verbal attacks from white students but still courageously continued attending the school to complete their education.
YOU DON'T BELONG AT OUR SCHOOL
Why are they even here?
The harassment wasn't just verbal remarks. Many times, students committed hostile acts of violence to intimidate the Little Rock 9 into leaving the school. For example, one student threw acid into Melba Pattillo's face. Another instance would be Gloria Ray being pushed down the stairs at school. These discriminatory acts did not only occur in the school. In fact, Minnijean Borwn's mother was fired from work because she refused to unenroll her daughter from the school. One can clearly see how much pain and suffering the Little Rock 9 had to persist through.
Why are they even at our school? They're black. They should go where they belong.
People like them don't deserve friends. Don't talk to her.
Even with all the hardships, the nine black students would not give up. However, when the harassment became extremely unbearable, Minnijean Brown stood up for herself and the Little Rock 9. For her response to the white students, the school expelled Minnijean and she had to continue her education elsewhere. The rest of the group, however, continued to attend Little Rock Central High School for the rest of the year.
Little Rock Central High School
Im sorry Ms.Brown but you can no longer attend Little Rock Central High School.
Governor Orval Fabus continued to disapprove of the integration of the school and voiced his support for segregation but did not take action against it in fear of President Eisenhower's response.
Blacks should not be attending Little Rock Central High School. It's a school for whites only.
Segregation in the education system is not unconstitutional in any way.
The situation at Little Rock was broadcasted all across the nation by the media and attracted a variety of responses. Many African Americans became inspired by the bravery of the Little Rock 9 and gained hope from their story. Even some whites gained sympathy by hearing the story and began supporting the integration of schools.
Did you hear about those African American kids at that school in Arkansas?
Yeah. They're so brave to go through all that. I can't believe how they're being treated by the other kids!
Despite the growing support for integration, some people still supported segregation. Many fought to remove the Little Rock 9 from the school and go back to the previous system. They argued that segregation is not unconstitutional and that it keeps white students safe and focused on their education.
KEEP BLACKS IN THEIR PLACE! KEEP OUR SCHOOLS ALL WHITE!