In Warriors Don't Cry, who accused the eight of "seeing things"?

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It is Mrs. Huckaby who accuses Melba of "seeing things...being too sensitive".  Mrs. Huckaby's attitude is especially demoralizing to Melba because, through the months of harrassment and torture the pioneering black students have endured over their months at Central High School, the vice-principal of girls has been the one person who would actually listen whenever they reported their problems to her.  Although she could not usually do very much to fix the situation, the nine students knew that they could "trust her at least to be as fair as she could under the circumstances" (Chapter 23).

Mrs. Huckaby's response changes notably during the closing months of the school year.  The group of Negro students attending Central High has been reduced to eight from its original nine; Minnijean Brown has been expelled for appearing to fight back against her tormentors.  After Easter break, as the school year approaches its close, the segregationists have stepped up their efforts to get rid of the young Negro students before they can finish a full year at the school.  Melba and her friends must face continual, virulent abuse daily, most of which is humiliating and hurtful both physically and mentally, and some of which is actually life-threatening.

The faculty's and administration's response to what is going on ranges from passivity and indifference to barely concealed antagonism.  Mrs. Huckaby had been "a tiny pinpoint of light in the otherwise very dark experience" of the students' dealings with the Central High administration.  When Mrs. Huckaby lapses into the attitude "of trying to convince (Melba) there (is) nothing going on", Melba reasons that she must "be under enormous weight" from the segregationists, and realizes that there is no further point in "wasting...time or energy hoping anyone would listen to her reports" (Chapter 26).