Originally Posted by jenniferd
The one student was beat up by the group of several students. I don't think it's even fair to describe that as a fight as it allegedly was a bunch of people beating up one. I frankly don't understand as to why people think that sort of conduct should go un-punished. The student also suffered injuries to him that required thousands of $ in hospital bills. If people think that sort of conduct is acceptable then I must be missing something. The noose incident also happened months before the beating incident, so it's not like there is even a clear connection between the two. As if it were acceptable to beat someone up in a response to someone else doing something.http://www.kansascity.com/sports/col...ry/284511.html
I don't think anyone here is saying it should go unpunished. The kids should be charged with assault or battery, maybe both, not tried as adults for attempted murder, and the judge agreed. What's in question here is that the law does not seem to be applied fairly, that is, it shouldn't matter what color the skin of the criminal, it should matter what they did.
As for a connection between the two, the noose incident seems to have brought to the surface some very longstanding tensions in Jena. It isn't a matter of the nooses being hung one day and then two months later they beat someone up out of absolutely nowhere. The arson, the party they were beat up at, the convenience store incident where the student pulled a gun on them which one of them stole, and the assault all happened from one Friday to the following Monday. There was a long history of violence between the noose incident and that weekend as well, with the cops establishing a standard patrol due to all the fights and a gun threat.
Also, they beat up Justin Barker because of the things he was saying. Rational response, no, but neither was a group of men/students beating up other people for trying to go to a party. And that person was charged with simple battery, and his friends who helped him weren't charged with anything.