[Frank Power press conference/interview]
Original Airdate: 9/8/1975
Item Type: newstape - original footage
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Description : Abstract
Frank Power (Headmaster, Charlestown High School) holds a press conference at foot of Bunker Hill Monument. Power answers questions about opening day preparations, school attendance, and programs at Charlestown High school. He will not comment on any racial tension or incidents. Power is defensive, hostile, and occasionally humorous in his response to questions. Power insists that the opening day was "routine" and that he has no knowledge of any happenings outside of the builiding. Power compliments his staff on their performance. Power says that projected enrollment statistics are high; that he will contact students who did not attend school today. Paul deGive interviews Power alone. Power says that he did not turn away students who were late if they had a note from their parents. Power says that he may reinstate the flexible campus program eventually. Police officers gather in front of Charlestown High School. DeGive interviews Peggy King and Gertrude Harris in front of a building in the Bunker Hill Housing Project. King and Harris resent the police presence in Charlestown. King talks about sending her four children to schools outside of Boston in order to avoid busing assignments. Hayes says that young children should not be bused; that she will try to enroll her children in public schools in Somerville. King predicts that the situation in Charlestown will grow worse if busing continues.
Contributor : Reporter
Subject : Keywords
Busing for school integration - First day of school
Busing for school integration - Press conferences
Busing for school integration - Protest
Busing for school integration - School attendance
Busing for school integration - School faculty
Charlestown High School
Subject : Personal Names
Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Bunker Hill Housing Project
Subject : Geographic Locations
Charlestown (Boston, Mass.)
Type : Genre
News - Unedited
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