I’ve heard a lot of back and forth from my “Law and Order” conservative friends. The fight at the school followed highly charged racial incidents that started last September when white students placed three hangman’s nooses in what was known as “the white tree” at Jena High School. Black parents wanted the white students expelled, but Superintendent Roy Breithaupt, who also is white, suspended them for three days, calling the nooses a prank.
Racial disturbances followed, starting in late November. White partygoers attacked a black student in one clash but were not charged, according to police statements. The next day, the same black student and some friends spotted one of his attackers and, they said, chased him. The students told police that the white student pulled an unloaded shotgun but they wrested it away. The white student who pulled the weapon was not charged. But police arrested the black students who took it on theft charges.
Contrast all that do what happened in December. Bell and five other black teenagers beat up a white student at Jena High School, knocking him out and blackening one of his eyes. The victim, Justin Barker, was treated at a hospital and released after two hours. He attended a class-ring ceremony later that night.
His attackers were charged by prosecutor Reed Walters, who is white, with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and aggravated battery.
I mean, come on.