The victim of the attack by the Jena 6 (see https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2007/09/22/jena-6-updates/ or https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2007/09/13/the-jena-6-yes-unfortunately-america-is-still-racist/ for my previous comments), Justin Barker (pictured below), is suing the 6 students who assaulted him (Mychal Bell, Bryant Purvis, Robert Bailey Jr., Carwin Jones, Theo Shaw and Jesse Beard), their parents, the school board, and one additional student (Malcolm Shaw, Theo’s brother, who police did not name as an attacker).
The lawsuit states that “Justin was singled out by Mychal, Bryant, Robert, Carwin, Theodore, Malcolm and Jesse, and that the malicious and willful attack of Justin was of such extreme nature, so as to require emergency medical care and treatment for the harm inflicted by the attack, and resulting in extensive and permanently disabling injuries,” and Justin’s ER visit cost over $5,000 alone. The suit further goes on to say that the LaSalle Parish School Board did not “discourage the dangerous activity of threatening and attacking other students while in possession of actual knowledge of said threats and prior attacks while the students are on school grounds.”
I agree here – although the 6 were originally charged too harshly (see previous posts), Justin was VIOLENTLY attacked and deserves compensation from both the students and the School Board who CLEARLY were not trying to discourage fighting (which had been going on all throughout the city for days).
I couldn’t find how much the suit is asking for, but he should at least be compensated his medical bills as well as some money for damages.
Hopefully a lesson will be made out of this whole incident, and racism will decrease in America (no, it’ll never go away, and if you think it will, you’re delirious).
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