School bans “Free the Jena 6” tshirts

jena 6 shirt“Too Disruptive” huh? So the school won’t let these girls wear shirts to support their brother…that’s a mess. I’m sure the students wear all kinds of shirts…with slogans that can cause a stir. I’ve worked with high school aged teens…they wear some wild stuff. I feel safe in saying that there are some other articles of clothing that are most likely worn at that school (short skirts, revealing tops, local gang attire, fake bling and grills, etc.) that no one says anything about. But, hey…I could be wrong. This school district has already proven themselves to be shady…so I can’t say I’m suprised. This article is from Aug 29…I wonder if the shirts are still banned given the recent increase in media attention that the case is getting??
Michael David Murphy /  Pictured is  the tshirt worn by LaTara Hart, cousin of Carwin Jones and Robert Bailey, two of the Jena Six.)
Associated Press/ | JENA, La. – Officials at a central Louisiana high school have banned T-shirts supporting six black students accused of beating of a white schoolmate, saying the shirts are too disruptive.

About nine students at Jena High School wore the “Free the Jena 6” T-shirts Tuesday, and the slogan caused too much of a stir on campus, said LaSalle Parish Schools Superintendent Roy Breithaupt said.

John Jenkins said his three daughters wore the shirts to make a statement, not to cause trouble.

They weren’t doing anything other than wearing the shirts,” Jenkins said. “The school doesn’t have a dress code. They were covered. They’re trying to tell them what they can and can’t wear.”

His son, Carwin Jones, is one of the six students charged with attempted murder in the December 2006 beating of 18-year-old Justin Barker. Barker was treated for a swollen and cut face and released the same day.

The attempted murder charges sparked outrage in the black community and drew attention from the American Civil Liberties Union, which is now monitoring the cases. The Rev. Al Sharpton has also spoken up for the six students, saying the attempted-murder charges indicate a different standard of justice for blacks and whites.

One of the students, Mychal Bell, 17, was convicted on a reduced charge of aggravated second-degree battery and faces up to 22 years in prison. He had initially faced attempted murder charges. The other five teens are awaiting trial on attempted murder and conspiracy charges

Racial tensions surfaced in Jena — a town of 2,900 with about 350 black residents — last fall, when students at the high school found three nooses hanging from a tree on campus. Three white students were suspended, but no criminal charges were filed.


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7 responses to “School bans “Free the Jena 6” tshirts

  1. We are all equal before God and really need to try and dump all forms of segregations.

  2. Shavon

    Please let me know how I can purchase a “Free the Jena 6” t-shirt. Email me at

  3. I support “Jena 6″……..FREE THE JENA 6!!!!!!

  4. RAY

    Oh, the Free the Jena 6 T-shirt are disruptive but the nooses were not. Give me a break. I am still praying for the Jena 6

  5. Erica

    YES…MOS DEF FREE JENA 6!!!! Racism STILL EXISTS in AMERICA in 2007 which is a slap in MLK Jr’s face!!! White folk is gon learn & I’m prayin’ 4 the JENA community as a whole but I’m glad 2 see “US AS A PEOPLE” stand up & DEMAND 2 be heard!!! Nooses weren’t called for but OUR REACTION was!!! FREE JENA 6…NOW!!!!

  6. jaime

    got my ‘FREE THE JENA 6’ tee and got booted from school yesterday.

  7. jessica

    hey i want a shirt do you know where i could get a couple of them please help me get them

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