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Jena 6 member shoots himself

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Mychal Bell

A young man who was part of the Jena 6 shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt.

It was reported that Mychal Bell was afraid his recent shoplifting crime would affect his future football career and he was also “tired of all the media attention” surrounding his arrest.

He was trying to stay on a straight path since his arrest for the Jena 6 case.

Mychal’s wound is in his right chest and is reportedly not life-threatening.

For those who don’t know about Jena 6, this was the name given to a group of 6 black teenagers who attacked and beat a white classmate in Jena, Louisiana.

The attack was sparked by a series of incidents that reflected the town’s racial tension.

One particular incident involved one of the new black kids in school sitting under the “white tree”, where it was understood that only white students could sit

Three white students then hung up nooses on the tree the next day.

Throughout all this drama, the white students were usually just given a “slap on the wrist”, while the black students were punished more severely.

After the beating, Jena 6 faced extremely long jail sentences, and this ignited major protests from civil rights groups.

They fought against what they believed was racial discrimination, and the charges were eventually reduced.

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10 Comments »

  • Jasmine says:

    dis is really sad. i mean he tried to commit suicide because he was tired of all the media and didnt want his football career to end but he still didnt die so he gone be gettting even more attention. wat a shame

  • BALLA$TATU$ DA G.O.A.T. says:

    wow…if he feels this way he need to talk to Michael Vick. He got a lot of attention for his more serious crime and he didn’t try to kill himself. Sometimes I wonder was goin on wit black folks, but we gotta stay together. Hope homie get better tho.

  • ShonP says:

    This guys has and always will be stupid to me. The way that he handled himself throughtout the Jena six case was a disgrace. The only good thing that came out of this case was that blacks came together to right a wrong. These Jena six dudes took contributions from sincere people to do things such as make a myspace page with money all in his mouth talking bout he balling.(yea yall remeber that) Now he shoplifting, and can’t even kill himself right. The boy didn’t need all that charity he needed a mentor. He need to skip pass talking to Micheal Vick and talk to OJ. Cause now he gonna probally face gun charges along with shoplifting charges, and the Jena 6 incident will play a part in his sentencing.

  • Eric says:

    Wow! smh…i heard enought bad news as it is and now i look on blogs about one of the jena 6 members. Wherever you go, yocou gone deal with racism & discrimination. And with us African-American need to get our heads together if we want something good to happen.

  • Ignition says:

    It is indeed sad to see that he took the left path instead of the positive route. At this point and time racism and shoplifting is the least of his problems, he became his own worst enemy. What is worst to see is that we as Black people still cannot write properly and voice our opinions as if we had english classes in elementary school. If we could only unite and come forward like the caucazoid persuasion normally do, as one, we can be forcefully heard and properly taken into consideration. Life is hard enough without having sit and look like a pack of fool when obstacles and struggles come in our way. Instead we need to take charge of our positions, whether given or chosen, and make good of them and make better or greater of ourselves.

  • London says:

    This is sad!!! enough of media attention?!?! why try and kill yourself it only brings more?!?! i’ll just say a prayer for him and i agree he needs a mentor…maybe it will get his heart right…

  • frances dean says:

    This whole situation is sad, and the worse part of it all he will not stop being a criminal. He needs to pray to God and ask God for help because if he does not stop, the next time he tries and kill himself he is going to be successful and its terrible our black youths are doing nothing but destroying themselves and the people that really love them.

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