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NOLA Students at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas

Name: Terionne Blair
Age: 15
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“They were trying to keep everyone calm. Telling them that sooner or later everybody would get out and they would have boats to bring everybody out. But first they were going to take the sick people then they would bring everyone else. But people weren't realizing that was how it had to go so they were jumpin in boats and just leaving.“




Name: Jimmy Wright
Age: 16
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“Out here you got to have a car everywhere you go. You don't where know where anything at. In New Orleans I knew were everything was.“




Name: Patti Williams
Age: 15
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“I can't deal with the teachers here, the students here. The students don't like us. “




Name: Kenya Stewart
Age: 14
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“After the hurricane we couldn't find my neice because we didn't know what happened...She said they thought they were going to be alright. They were, until the water came.“




Name: Aarion Causey
Age: 14
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“[Texas students] wrote on our table "Yall need to swim back where yall came from." They wrote that on the table where all the New Orleans children sit at. So you know everyone got mad. Ready to fight. It was like everybody against Texas. They had a lot of fights.“




Name: Venice Carter
Age: 16
Home: Boothville Venice, LA
Occupation: Student

“[My house] wound up all the way in the neighbor's yard. All our houses were pushed together. All the four wheelers were down the street. They had dead horses in the trees.“




Name: Sylvester McCaleb
Age: 17
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“A lot of them said we were mean. I guess they didn't joke around the way we joke around. In New Orleans we get together, talk about each other, that's the way we play...I guess they had to get use to that - our manner of play.“




Name: Ryan Fuentes
Age: 17
Home: Metairie, LA
Occupation: Student

“Some of these people here probably think that too, 'Oh I could deal with that. Oh that's fun. A little vacation.' But you know they really honestly never could even guess what it's like until they experience it. Because I couldn't.“




Name: Lanisha Johnson
Age: 15
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“[At the Convention Center] I was just crying everyday. Asking the Lord to please get us outta here. And at a point I just was like 'We're not going to make it out.' And I don't normally do that. It takes a lot for me to just give up. And it took a lot and I just gave up.“




Name: Christopher Mukes
Age: 16
Home: Gretna, LA
Occupation: Student

“The hurricane kind of united us because back home they have the little stupid rivalries about you're from this ward and that ward so we're not going to like each other. But after the hurricane once you get to Texas it's just everybody put together. So it makes a bond - like sort of a peace treaty one would say.“




Name: Justina Williams
Age: 15
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“The schools out here are way better than they was in New Orleans...Our schools are more fun. But like just as far as academics-wise I think it's better.“




Name: Errol Jackson
Age: 17
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“The woman asked the security guard can she have some water for her little child. The security guard said no she can't supply her with any more. Now I can understand that, but how can you tell a lady with a baby she cannot have a bottled water while you're drinking a cold bottled water in front of her face. That just wasn't right.“




Name: Derrick Breaux
Age: 14
Home: Harvey, LA
Occupation: Student

“[Being a New Orleans student in Texas] It makes you feel special a little bit. The teachers help you with whatever, help you do your work, ask you about your family and all that, creating new classes to make you a success in school.“




Name: Cheryl Fairley
Age: 17
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“It was like a last minute decision. So we left and we all went to the Superdome and that's where we were for like five days. And that was the most horrible five days of my life.“




Name: Alexandria Williams
Age: 15
Home: New Orleans
Occupation: Student

“I thought it was going to be easy...till they went to my room. I seen them throwing out my dresser, my bed, my clothes. I tried to go touch - see if I could save anything. But there was nothing to save.“




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The I-10 Witness continues to interview New Orleans residents about their storm related experiences. In conjunction with Xavier University's Department of Communications, we recently completed several rounds of interviews at St. Dominic's Church in Lakeview, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East and the Uptown Shepard's Center. This week we will also continue to collect stories in Gert Town. Last month, we we're proud to collaborate with Mourning Line Productions and the 78th Street Theater in Manhattan, NY for our first public installation of these narratives. The show was seen by several New Yorkers who continue to visit our website. It is our hope that these types of events can keep this story alive in the hearts and minds of people throughout this country. As always, if you or anyone you know is interested in recording their story or helping to gather stories please contact us through the site as we would be happy to meet with you at your convenience.