I was looking around reading today to come up with some new information on this scandal and I came across this great site Pursuing Holiness with a blogger who is really on top of this Jena 6 Scandal that is going on in Louisiana right now...While it is not getting any national media attention at all, and that is a problem in and of itself, this site will keep you well informed about the situation and pass along updates when available...In the meantime check out this from the aforementioned site...
If you don’t know about the Jena Six, read this first: The Jena 6: Since When Do Teenage Boys Watch Lonesome Dove?. Charges have been reduced for one of the Jena 6.
JENA, La. (AP) - Attempted murder and conspiracy charges against a black high school student accused in the December beating of a white student escalating racial tensions were reduced Monday to less serious charges that could mean far less time in prison if he is convicted.
Mychale Bell still faces trial Tuesday on charges stemming from the Dec. 4 beating. But instead of facing sentences totalling 80 years, he now faces maximum sentences totalling 22 years if convicted.
Bell was one of five black Jena High School students charged in the beating, which occurred about three months after three white students were suspended for hanging nooses from a school yard tree.
Another juvenile, whose identity and charges were not released because of his age, was also accused. They were dubbed the “Jena Six” by supporters who say the attempted murder charges resulted from racism by authorities and were far out of proportion to the seriousness of the crime.
However, charges being reduced doesn’t get anyone out of jail. And these charges ARE ridiculous. This was a high school fight, in which the student who was assaulted was brought to the ER and quickly released. Do I wish the fight hadn’t occurred? Certainly, along with everyone else. But let’s recall what led to the fight - here’s the summary by Friends of Justice, with my emphasis and notes in brackets. MORE!
This is a great place to start if your not familiar with what is going on and also a great resource for those who have been following this situation...After you get yourself caught up on what is going on please take a few minutes to sign the petitions at both The Color of Change Website and The Petitions Online Websites...The Color Of Change Website has a petition written up to be sent to Governor Blanco (there a joke there but Imma leave it alone) this time! The Petitions Online Website host's a number of petitions that may be of importance to you, so check them out...They are hosting the Jena 6 petition also I am number 8330 and my wife is 8329...Leave a comment also! (comments and viewing them have been disabled)...Shame...That might be a Petitions Online thing...Hmmmmmm...
Anyway, For those that are less inclined to read but willing to watch some videos there are a lot of great clips about what is going on in the town of Jena at this Youtube link...If you are a reader make sure you check out the comments to see just how the people really think or more importantly what they are being led to think...
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