THE STRIKE (Continued)

Many reporters, photographers, and TV cameras covered the event. The crowd cheered as the teachers entered the jail to begin serving their sentences at 6:00 P.M.

The austere interior of the jail was in direct contrast to the warm farewell the teachers received on the outside.

After the Wilbur Wright prisoners were finger printed, they checked in their billfolds, watches, and clothing. They were then issued prison uniforms and taken to calls on the second floor. The men were in two rooms, a living area and a sleeping area. Each room was about twelve feet by fourteen feet. The sleeping areas had four triple bunk beds. There was a toilet in each room.

The female teachers had small individual cells, four feet by seven, equipped with a toilet. The cells opened into a small room with a table. Beds, tables, walls, bars, and most of everything else in the jail are made of steel.

There was a great deal of camaraderie and horse play, but for the most part the weekend was dull, and the Wilbur Wright felons were depressed when they were released from jail at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 8 and 13, 1978. However, when the teachers came out and found their friends cheering them, they knew that the discomforts they had experienced had-not been forgotten.

The second weekend in jail was mostly a repetition of the first weekend.

 

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