Local support for Jena 6

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

NEWS 12 FIRST at FIVE - September 20, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - You could call September 20th "Blackout Thursday." People wore black to show their support of the Jena 6.

In large letters a banner reads "Jena 6". Students at Josey High School signed it and wore black to show their support.

"I almost found myself in tears because I couldn't believe we had that much support," said Dr. Shannon Moore.

Administrators said it looked like 'a sea of black' as students poured through the front doors at the start of school.

The buzz about Jena 6 started in Dr. Moore's Science class. Her students write daily journals, and one was about the Jena 6. Students described it as "not fair" and said it made them "really feel upset."

"It's not a black or white issue--it's about the right thing," said 11th grader Jacquez Dorsey.

Thousands of people are questioning whether the right thing was done in Jena, Louisiana. People nationwide gathered to show their support for the six black students, jailed after a school fight that landed one white student in the hospital.

The problem started at a tree. White students traditionally hung out at a tree near the high school. One day black students stood by the tree, and the following day, three nooses were hanging from the tree.

The white students were suspended. The black students were put in jail.

Students at Josey say they're glad they can do something to show their support for the Jena 6.

"Even though we couldn't go to Louisiana, we can still show our support by wearing black," said Dorsey.

12th grader Darius Collins says the black doesn't symbolize race--it symbolizes unity.

"It does my heart proud to see that a school can come together to support something going on in a different part of the country. It shows that if there can be unity here--there can be unity there."


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