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Kent Merritt

Lane High School

A lot of the discomfort has to do with just not being familiar with each other and actually fearing the kids of each other and whatnot.  But for me and for others that went to integrated schools when we were younger, we didn’t experience that, nor did we have that because the kids knew us, and we knew them.  So, they were more accepting of the few of us who had integrated earlier than those who had come over from Burley who they didn’t know at all.  And they were relying on stereotypes and what their parents had told them about the other races and that sort of thing and to approach and to interact with the other races, and that caused friction because a lot of it was based on fear and really hatred, to be honest with you.