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Kennett, MO -- Gia Hill Reports

The Unnatural Disaster

September 1, 2006 -- 7:10 PM CDT

KENNETT, MO  -- It was lights, camera and action in Kennett, Missouri, Friday as Diana Boylston, a former New Orleans school teacher, filmed a documentary on two of her displaced students.

"I started doing this just to come and track down my students," said Boylston.  "I have five different students I'm tracking around the country."

Two of those students are 18-year-old twins, Dwight and Dwan Valdery who live with their mother in Kennett, but the twins are not fitting in well in their new atmosphere.

"We're from a big city and they're from a small town," said Dwan Valdery.  He also said that he was beaten up a few weeks ago, and revealed the 200-plus staples in both of his arms.

His brother Dwight said he doesn't understand why people won't accept them for who they are.

"It's the way we act or the way we dress...people look at us different because we are who we are, and we're going to be who we want to be," he said.

The twins found a safe haven at a hair salon.  Hope McKinny is a hair stylist in Kennett.  She said that she took the boys under her wing, and Dwan appreciates her generousity.

"Ever since we've been here, Hope has helped us," he said.  "She buys stuff for us and takes care of us to make sure we're all right."

The twins are all right, and their former school teacher is happy now that they're safe and sound.

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