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The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy


Violence

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Kanawha County became the focus of national media attention as violence escalated. In October, angered by a lack of progress, some of the more radical anti-textbook protestors decided to shut down schools by force, including Midway Elementary (shown here). Several schools were vandalized with dynamite and Molotov cocktails. In a narrowly diverted disaster, 15 sticks of dynamite were exploded near a gas meter at the Board of Education offices shortly after the board meeting had adjourned. Fortunately, no injuries resulted from any of these incidents.



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