In Franklin Indiana, parents must pay for their children to be provided with transportation to school. One woman campaigned to get the fees removed for lower income students and for subsidies to offset the cost (taxpayers to foot the bill).
In essence, she wanted to help poor children whose parents wouldn’t pay for them to ride the bus. Consequently the majority of those helped by her action and advocacy, for free bus transportation, were black students.
On the first day of the school year, at the first opportunity for those assisted students to ride the bus free of charge, her own 14 year own son was brutally beaten on the school bus by one of the black students benefitting from her efforts.
Her son was sitting quietly, following the rules, and one of the new black riders demanded his seat. Her son refused and was immediately savagely beaten and hospitalized with staples to repair the cuts in his head and face. (story)