‘‘I can’t think of anyone you helped other that a few misguided mistresses, your cabinet and yourself,’’ Lane said. He added later, ‘‘I could stand today here and tell you to have a great weekend and say hello to whatever female is with you, but that would be childish.’’
Jeanette Valenzuela, a 20-year-old former Bowie High School student, transferred from neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, with grades she thought would put her in 10th or 11th grade. But instead, she was placed in the 9th grade.
‘‘They said it was because I had no English. But now I see what happened with my grades, why I was flunked,’’ she said. Valenzuela dropped out and became pregnant three months later. Now she works in a clothing store in downtown El Paso.
‘‘I want to go back to school, so I can provide for myself and my child,’’ she said.
David Alvarado, who graduated from Bowie, said he was placed in ninth grade when he transferred from Ciudad Juarez.
‘‘It was all repetition from what I already knew,’’ he said. He thought it would be better the next year, when he was almost immediately promoted from 10th to 11th grade.
‘‘My biggest surprise came as I was preparing to graduate,’’ he said. ‘‘A friend of mine showed me the yearbook. It said I was a junior.’’ He graduated anyway.