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amd_jena-bell1.jpgA judge denied bail Friday for a black teenager accused of beating a white classmate in a racially polarizing case that drew thousands of protesters to a tiny Louisiana town. Attorneys would not comment because the case has been moved to juvenile court, where the proceedings are secret. But a relative of another member of the “Jena Six” told The Associated Press that bail had been denied for Mychal Bell, now 17.

Bell’s mother, Melissa Bell, left the courthouse in tears. She did not speak to reporters. Bell is one of six teens accused of beating Justin Barker unconscious in a December 2006 attack on the grounds of the high school in Jena, La. Racial tensions had been inflamed earlier when three white teens hung three nooses from a schoolyard tree. Bell, the only one of the six beating defendants whose case has gone to trial, was charged as an adult and found guilty of aggravated second-degree battery.

His conviction was thrown out last week by a state appeals court that said Bell, who was 16 at the time of the beating, could not be tried as an adult. The prosecutor continued to oppose bail for Bell, although the other five defendants have all been released on bail.

Thousands of demonstrators, including the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King III, descended Thursday on Jena. They contend Bell would not have been treated so harshly if he were white instead of black.

Source: The New York Daily News

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  • Shonda Washington

    I am so SICK of these damn racists – let the boy out of jail! Do they know that they are forever damaging his mental state!

  • Terrible

    It’s at times like this I am ready to segregate ourselves from Whites – I am so over this country and the unequal treatment toward us. This is just sick and they have a lot of explaining to God – that is if they even believe in one.

  • educator

    I hate to take this angle, but I have to because I have gone over my feelings about this situation over and over again. Ok, the white kids hung nooses in a tree. It is a well know fact amongst any Black person living in LA that we live in a racist state where 98% of the time, white people will do whatever they have to so to come out on top of black people. I am not against the Jena 6, so please do not misinterpret what I am about to say. In all fairness, I do not believe that Michyal Bell should have been sentenced to 22 years in an adult jail for beating the hell out of some ignorant white child. However,is that how we want our children to respond to every racial action or slur that they are to encounter from now on? Because there will be much more, especially here in LA, and especially since we do not seem to be making any progress in our society in the area of race relations. I am soooooo tired of the racial bullshit in this state and I too have felt the urge to beat someone to a bloody pulp when they have called me “nigger” or treated me like I received both my degrees from Wal-mart, but is that the best way to react? I have to teach white children everyday whose parents think that because I am black I should be the janitor or a teacher’s aide, but I can not allow the warped thinking of the people in this backwards state to affect my life to the point where I would do something that would place me exactly where they think I belong. Let us support the fact that Mr. Bell should not be in an “adult” jail for any amount of time if he is only 16 or 17. At the same time, he has to be held accountable for choosing the wrong path of action. Nooses, confederate flags, swastikas…they are all the same to me…but they will continue to be worn, hung, and displayed as long as people remain stupid and ignorant. We can’t keep filling up their jails because someone might need a good old fashion beat down…even if they deserve it.

  • Jewel

    This country makes me sick. Ok, so he beat the hell of of a white kid, thats bad. But whats worse is the fact that if the tables were turned we wouldn’t even be hearing about this case, much less seeing a WHITE boy being tried as an “Adult”. This is complete B.S!! Maybe the black kids should have reacted differently…but exactly what were they suppose to do?! Walk away…and be tormented again at a later date? 22 years over good ass-woopin is absurd.

  • Nicole

    This is ridiculous!