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The Edcouch-Elsa School Walkout  
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Excerpted from an interview with Armando Peña conducted at Edcouch-Elsa High School, April 10, 2003

We had just come back from Michigan, and started school here at Edcouch-Elsa. And this was like November of '68. I don't think that we had been in school for more than a few weeks, and we had heard that some students were saying that there was going to be a walkout. And that some students were making demands against the administration.

Armando outside of Edcouch-Elsa High School

I know that a lot of students had these pet peeves with the teachers and the principal. Just over the years about how we were being mistreated because we spoke Spanish or we didn't look right or our hair was too long [or] we didn't dress correctly. You know, just basically being controlled, I guess, repressed.

And this was the '60s and I know that the older students, who had given it more thought, had a broader agenda. They made it known and it filtered down to the younger students and I was one of the younger students. I mean, I was just in the eighth grade. I was like 14 years old.

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