Itís taken nearly 30 years, but itís finally happened. The federal court approved the dismissal of the desegregation lawsuit against ECISD. Judge Robert Junell ordered the motion on Wednesday. The initial desegregation process began on January 19th at a school board meeting. The parties involved in the lawsuit met and decided to get rid of it.
Gene Collins grew up in
"Mainly because of the connection, the camaraderie, the nurturing that teachers allowed us to have," said Collins
When schools began desegregating, Collins went to
"There were the Anglos students in a group, the Hispanic students were in a group, we were in our group, and before the first bell rang we kinda dissipated our groups and started talking to other students," he said.
It would be the first time Caucasians, African-Americans, and
Hispanics attended school together in
"There were several teachers there at Ector, who did not want to be there and were very much racist and you could tell by how they interacted with students," he explained.
While there was friction at first, ECISD said theyíve learned a lot from the lawsuit and that the district is stronger because of it.
"Most importantly how to be of service to all the people that we serve, all the students in the community that we serve," said ECISD Superintendent Hector Mendez