Jena 6: Mychal Bell Suicide Attempt

CNN reports:

A teenager whose arrest in a racially charged assault case drew thousands of protesters to his rural Louisiana hometown was in a hospital Tuesday after a suicide attempt, according to the police report of the incident.

Mychal Bell was released in September 2007 and later agreed to a plea deal in the beating of a classmate.

Mychal Bell was released in September 2007 and later agreed to a plea deal in the beating of a classmate.

Mychal Bell — who also was arrested last week after allegedly stealing clothes worth $370 from a department store — told investigators he shot himself “because he was tired of all the media attention” following the arrest, the report says.

Background info on Jena 6 here.

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6 thoughts on “Jena 6: Mychal Bell Suicide Attempt

  1. Enough about this kid. He is apparently just another punk thug looking for ways to cause trouble, or just looking to get into it himself. Used to feel slightly sorry for him, but after this article…..not at all.

  2. Am I the only one who sees the ironic/unethical approach CNN is taking with this story.

    The man tried to kill himself because of the media attention. I am sure he will be glad (sarcasm) to find that someone took the liberty to post his face on CNN’s website.

  3. Oh God! I helped protest against Jena 6 because they were mistreated so badly and there was such underlying racism that it was SICK. I hope insha’ Allah will help him and things get better. I send my prayers to them!

  4. Faith786, I too helped protest against Jena 6 and share the same sentiments. Insha’Allah and my heart and prayers go out to the family.

    btw, the media coverage is ironic, indeed.

  5. Uhhh…why does this teenager have a gun in his bedroom? Why was he shoplifting? Why was he one of 6 kids who beat up another kid?
    I’m a firm believer that institutional racism exists — especially in our Justice System. However, this whole case is … funky. Do some research on it and you’ll find weird facts like that the “nooses” hanging from a tree at the school were actually a prank on some rodeo kids or something and were supposed to be lassos.
    Plus, a lot of the Jena 6 appear to be getting trouble after this case — for really knuckle-headed stuff.
    My heart goes out to this kid and I hope he gets help. I also hope people realize that 6 on 1 is punk behavior.

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