September 2, 1957, Governor Orval Faubus announced he would call the National Guard to keep the African American students out of the school, for "their own protection". He announced that bloodshed violence might break out if they entered the school. The next day, the Mother's League held a protest against the integration. The same day federal judge Richard Davies issued a ruling to continue the desegregation. They went on to start their first full day of school on September 25th, 1957.
When the desegregation first started African Americans were extremely mistreated. Students were spit on, cussed at, and attacked physically just upon entering school. The way these students were mistreated distracted them from getting the education they deserve. They were treated as animals and not as humans. Some students even threw hot soup on some of the African American students entering the school. These brave students helped reshape America and change how people view skin color.