December 30, 2008

Jena 6 teen shoots himself

Hum, I saw this story on the Huffington Post this morning (as in right now):

Jena Six Teen Shoots Himself

MONROE, LA -- A teen convicted in the "Jena Six" beating case shot himself in the chest and was taken to the hospital Monday, days after his arrest on a shoplifting charge, police said.

Mychal Bell's wound isn't life threatening, said Monroe Police Sgt. Cassandra Wooten. The 18-year-old used a .22-caliber firearm in the shooting around 7:40 p.m., she said.

Wooten believes Bell was upset over media coverage of the arrest last week.

"I think he was upset over the incident ... and didn't want to be in the news again," she said.

Bell was one of a group of black teenagers who once faced attempted murder charges in the 2006 beating of a white classmate at Jena High School. The charges for all of the defendants were reduced.

Well that's...interesting. Hmm, I wonder what's going on in his life right now--maybe all the media coverage from the Jena High case--and the case itself I suppose--has messed up his...psyche somehow. The article mentions that he's living in a foster home right now, I could do some wild speculating and gesticulating on why this young man's now shoplifting and trying to kill himself. Something just isn't right all over the board, I don't think.

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