It began with a seemingly innocuous question. At a school assembly held on August 31,a black male freshman asked the principal whether he could sit under the tree. These events included the hanging of rope nooses from a tree in the high school courtyard, two violent confrontations between white and black youths, and the destruction by fire of the main building of Jena High School. US Attorney Washington states he does not believe the noose incident and the beatings were related. On November 8,Mauffray denied the motion.
Local authorities attacked the marchers with whips and tear gas and billy clubs, leaving 17 people in the hospital.
Injustice is bigger than Jena 6
Bryant Purvis, aged 19, was arrested on February 7,for an assault causing bodily injury on a fellow high school student in Texas, where he now resides. Or, whites say, the black kids were athletes who felt overly entitled. The protesters asserted that white Jena youths involved in similar incidents were treated more leniently. He reported that attorneys for Bell claimed that they have yet to receive any money from him, and that the six families had refused to publicly account for the donations. Reed Walters stated that Washington had found no federal statute under which the teens could be prosecuted, just as he had found no applicable state statute.