Tuesday, December 4, 2007
White Jena Six Victim Justin Barker Files Civil Suit Against His Seven Black Attackers And The LaSalle Parish School Board
Eighteen-year-old Justin Barker (pictured at left the night after he was assaulted), the only real victim in the Jena Six case, is firing back on the legal front. On Thursday November 29th, 2007, he filed a civil lawsuit against the teens' parents, the adult teens, an additional student and the local school board. One teen, Mychal Bell, pleaded guilty to battery in juvenile court on Monday December 3rd in the attack. Five other teens face criminal charges in the case and are awaiting court appearances. The information was not publicly released until today; full story published in USA Today. Other more local coverage can be found on WWL-TV Channel 4 New Orleans, WDSU-TV Channel 6 New Orleans, and the Shreveport Times.
Barker and his parents, David and Kelli, allege in the suit that seven Jena High School students attacked Justin on December 4th, 2006, as he left the school gym. The suit names the attackers as the "Jena Six" students — Bell, Bryant Purvis, Robert Bailey Jr. (pictured above left), Carwin Jones, Theo Shaw and a juvenile, Jesse Beard — as well as a second juvenile, Malcolm Shaw. Malcolm was not named by law enforcement as one of the attackers and faces no criminal action, so the case is referred to as the "Jena Six".
"Petitioners show that Justin was singled out by Mychal, Bryant, Robert, Carwin, Theodore (and the two juveniles), 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," the lawsuit states. The bill for the emergency medical care was $5,467, as reported in a previous post.
Barker was hit by Bell, knocked unconscious and then repeatedly kicked and stomped by a group of students, according to testimony and court documents.
The lawsuit alleges that the LaSalle Parish School Board, through its employees, were not adequately supervising students, maintaining discipline and did not assign enough teachers for supervision. The lawsuit also claims that the School Board did not implement a plan to “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.” Lawyers for the Barkers and the defendants couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Bell, who pleaded guilty in juvenile court to second-degree battery, was sentenced to 18 months in the custody of the Office of Youth Development. This sentence already includes time served (approximately 10 months), so he'll be out on the street in only eight months.
Bell and the other students were initially charged with attempted murder. In May 2007, Bell was convicted as an adult of aggravated assault, but the conviction was overturned. The conviction led to the invasion and occupation of Jena for a one-day protest in September by at least 20,000 demonstrators, the overwhelming majority black. Since that time, white backlash against blacks has bubbled to the surface in several parts of the nation, with noose incidents almost a daily occurrence. While some of the noose incidents are mischievous pranking, many more have been caused by outraged whites as the noose seems to have become a symbol of implicit white resistance to black crime and to forced diversity and multiculturalism.
And the conduct of some of the Jena Six and their families during the interim has been somewhat less than angelic. According to the White Reference blog, there have been allegations that money raised for them for their legal defense has instead been spent on frivolous items (the picture of Robert Bailey above with the money is his mouth epitomizes these allegations).
And there's even more fallout on the way. On January 21st, 2008 (MLK Day), Richard Barrett, head of the Nationalist Movement, plans to hold a Jena Justice Day in Jena, rallying on behalf of white victim Justin Barker. So far, one high-profile person, former Alabama Attorney General candidate Larry Darby has committed to appear and give a speech. Former National Alliance Membership Coordinator David Pringle is interested and may also show up.
(Hat tip to OTPTT who alerted me to this story by posting it on the Vanguard News Network Forum)