A few days before he shot himself, he had just been arrested for shoplifting. Monroe believes that he was upset over the media coverage of the arrest last week.
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. (Aol News)
Police said Bell tried to steal several shirts and a pair of jeans from a department store and fled when a security guard and off-duty police officer tried to detain him. After they found him hiding under a car, Bell "swung his arms wildly" and one of his elbows struck the security guard with a glancing blow, according to a police report. He was freed on $1,300 bond. (Aol News)
After reading about this incident, I immediately thought that some people would say that the boys in Jena Six should have been punished the first time for what they did, and now look what one of them is doing.
I was not wrong, check out some of the comments found on other sites:
"Yeah, where is Big Al and Jessie the Nutman. Surely, that cop will be fired for hitting Bell's elbow with his face.This kid is a punk. Was, is and always will be. They beat a white kid up, five or six on one and Jessie and Al thought that was fair.There are hoods in small town as well as big cities. It is an attitude."
"They need to lock him up for a long time. Maybe then he will understand that if you do something wrong you will pay the price."
"This is one of the thugs that Sharpton and the slogan master, Jessie Jackson made so much money on. Too bad he is such a poor shot and did not finish the job. Inept in every way included trying to kill himself. Typical."
"Don't worry. Jesse Jackson will come to his rescue. The white store owner should have let Bell take what he wanted. It's racism."
I guess the people that posted comments deemed all of the Jena Six boys trouble, and believe that they had no reason to react to the below situation:
The incident started a year ago in September of 2006 when black students made a push against white privilege and white entitlement. A tree whose shade was historically reserved for white students had black students sitting under its boughs. The next day nooses were hanging from the tree. Certain white people in key positions of authority dismissed the incident as little more than a school prank.
I'm thinking could the original crime they committed have anything to do with the result of situations that have been occurring for years like the incident that occurred in 2006? Could some young Black boys be stuck in a system that others created?
What do you think about Mychal Bell and his current situation?
What do you think about the comments made regarding the actions that Jessie and Al took in the 'Jena Six' case, and how some people think it wasn't worth it?
(I guess this shows that the fight never ends with one case...we must KEEP going)