Sam figured eventually his work activities would intersect with Eunice and her posse crew goals. He wasn’t privy to what they were planning. He knew it was something related to Booker T where they had graduated from a year and half ago.
Drugs and crime in Montgomery had increased month over month at alarming levels. For six months straight the situation had grown more dire with a series of unfortunate events.
The Skull gang had put a stake in the ground in setting up operation in three abandoned houses on Grove Street. The gang was affiliated with Manny’s Vineyard dealers, so much of Montgomery was now being run by drug lords.
A host of narcotic and opioids, were being sold openly on or near school property. Addicts from all over got wind of a cheap, easy fix and lax police scrutiny so showed up in droves.
Worse still, they tripped out on school grounds and spent nights around bonfires destroying adjacent property. The disheveled junkies lingered into daytime hours begging school students for cash and cigarettes.
At the back of the school near a thatch of trees closest to South Street, a blue tarp prompted concern that they were building a ‘tent city.’
A dangerous Rottweiler allegedly owned by the Skulls roamed the surrounding streets. Neighborhood watch groups reported a rash of home invasions.
A group of goody-two shoes threatened drug sales, by promoting a 12 step rehab option, were quickly shut down as drug clientele were protected by the Skulls.
WSFA-12 News was reporting a sensational connection between the Skull gang and murder after one man was found tortured and tied to a tree. Stoking the fire on an urban legend where junkies, easily lured by drugs had been abducted for ritual experiments. Possibly by the klan. Authorities turned a blind eye as there hadn’t been witnesses and no one even came forward to identify the man’s body.
Statistics on CNN suggested Alabama was the most oppressed state in the union. There was buzz of Anderson Cooper’s TV producers scoping out broadcasting live from Montgomery, to shed light on the war on drugs, poverty, race and ghettos.
To top it off, city councilor Geoffrey Tanner was caught on audiotape making comments to school council, “Sure they want a person of color as principal. We all know any monkey could do the job!” thus sparking a local debate on whether his statement was intentionally racist or an innocent admission that the job was fairly easy!
Sam’s interest was piqued, as he found research data Alabama had never had a person of color holding a position higher than entry level teacher.