COLUMBUS: Here in Georgia, homosexuality and gay hustling in this city’s 40,000-student public school system, has educators and city bosses “worried” and “concerned”. One local school cites the case of ‘Johnny Smith’, a 13-year-old, as an example of the ‘problem’.
The school’s head calls Johnny a “discipline problem” who has already been held back a year in school and, the head says, Johnny has a juvenile court record.
“They Have Nice Houses”
The school’s head called Johnny into his office. The boy is small and blonde. He was dirty because he’d just finished a game of basketball on the school play-ground.
Johnny said he first “went down to the church” with his older brothers and some other boys.
“You just sit down by the church, and men come by and pick you up and they take you to their houses,” he said. “Some men are old, some young … they have nice houses.”
The school head said he first became aware of the kid-hustlers last year when he was leaving services at the downtown church on a week-night.
I came out of the church and I met one of my students,” he told this reporter. “He was pretty far away from home. I knew that corner. There’s only one reason that people would be down there.”
He said that the church was in the area of Twelfth Street between Sixth Avenue and Second Avenue. This section is also the site of the bus depot where soldiers from nearby Fort Benning arrive for a night on the town.
He said: “I called the boy into my office the next morning, and he admitted to me that he and other students nad been going down there for some time.”
$25 A Night
The school head went on incredulously to say that the boys later told him they could make between five dollars and 25 dollars a night by standing on the corner by the church and waiting to be picked up by gays.
The school head who told the boys’ parents also took two of them down to the police station to see detectives.
He reported “The parents’ reactions ranged from ‘there’s nothing I can do about it’ to ‘I can’t believe my son would do such a thing.”
He said the police were “very cooperative and tried to help. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to make an arrest in a case of this type.”
Money for Mum
Johnny spoke frankly and matter-of-factly.
The boy said he would often earn 25 dollars from a man if he would “do right”.
“I gave some of the money to momma,” he said.