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School Shooters: 1942

School Shooters: 1942

January 1942. "Cowboys and Indians" at the Farm Security Administration camp elementary school in Weslaco, Tex. View full size. Photo by Arthur Rothstein.

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This is my hometown, which i currently reside in. I wonder what now stands at the site of the school


Can't figure out which are the cowboys and which are the Indians.

Times Change

Kids playing with toy guns at a school run by the FEDERAL Farm SECURITY Administration !

Did Pres. Roosevelt know about that??

That photo is priceless!

School Shooters

Let's not worry about kids playing with toy guns. Worry about a sulking, unhappy, rejected young person with access to real guns and ammo.


Cowboys oppressing Native Americans? PLAYING with toy firearms? Gasp! Just think of how poisoned the minds were of these children!!! Nowadays, we keep them safely inside on the couch munching potato chips, playing video games, and getting fat & lazy.

Weslaco, Texas

I live about 20 miles from Weslaco. It made me smile to see a little bit of history from my own backyard. Hope to see more of this area soon!

Cowboys & Indians

Try that now and they'd be in jail and the school would be in lockdown!

[Let's not forget the mandatory cultural-sensitivity training. - Dave]


Wish it was still this innocent ...

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