Welcome to Welch

Welcome to Welch

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At the beginning of this section, the Walls family is still traveling. Then, after a long struggle to get there the Walls family arrives in Welch where the children finally get to meet their grandparents and Uncle Stanley. Rex’s mother, Erma isn’t how Jeannette imagined her, she doesn’t like the children very much and she hates being called “Grandma” but Grandpa, Ted is friendly. Jeanette describes the house saying, “It was cold in the house, and the air smelled of mold and cigarettes and unwashed laundry.” Erma, Stanley and Ted were much like Rex. They drank a lot and they were low class. The children and their parents stayed in Stanley’s room because the floors in the upstairs part of the house were too rotted to walk on. The town was dirty, it had no sewer system so the river that flowed through the down was full of feces. Everything in the town was covered in black coal dust. Rosemary took Brian and Jeannette to Welch Elementary, she didn’t bring any school records with her so she hoped that the principal would just disregard it and enroll them anyway. Rosemary explained to the principal that she had the two of the brightest children, but the principal had a different opinion. After trying to show the principal how intelligent they were and struggling to talk to him with his accent, the principal thought that the children were slow and put them in a class for kids with learning disabilities. On their first day of school, the kids there were whispering and staring. Even the teachers picked on Jeannette and Brian. After lunch, three African-American girls approached Jeannette and started to interrogate her. One girl punched her but she didn’t react, after teasing her more, the girls ganged up on her and the other girls had made a circle around them and nobody was coming to help Jeannette. They continued to beat her until they couldn’t anymore.

Storyboard Text

  • "Wuts et tahm sebm?" (Walls 136).
  • Huh?
  • What?
  • "You think you're better than us?' (Walls 139).
  • "This girl ain't got no buttons on her coat!" (Walls 139).
  • "No. I think we're all equal." (Walls 139).
  • Rosemary takes Brian and Jeannette to Welch Elementary. 
  • Rosemary believes she has the two brightest children, but the principal of their new school disagrees. He speaks differently than the children so they don't understand him.
  • Three girls beat Jeanette up because she thinks everyone is equal, but the other girls don't feel the same. Jeannette has no buttons on her coat and the girls make fun of her for it.
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