Louisiana governor says Mychal Bell in good hands


BATON ROUGE – Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco issued the following statement today regarding the current developments regarding Mychal Bell:

“I have learned Mychal Bell has been placed in custody of the Office of Youth Development following yesterday’s hearing in juvenile court in Jena. He is not in the same adult facility where he was previously incarcerated, and instead is currently housed at a juvenile facility. OYD is following its customary procedures with Bell, as it would with any youth committed to its custody by a court. OYD will approach the court with its recommendations for placement and service next week. OYD’s goal is to recommend services in the most appropriate and least restrictive placement for all youth. As with all cases, this recommendation will be based on a standard risk assessment tool that looks at a youth’s history, including behavior, school record, family history, any previous offenses and what type, and whether the youth presents a risk to the public. It will also include pertinent records and a psychological evaluation.

“Let me say once again that as Governor, as a mother and as a citizen, I condemn racism in any form, and the people of Louisiana join me in respecting and promoting the rights of all our citizens. My administration has worked hard to reform our juvenile justice system, and changes I have implemented through OYD have made us a national model for reform. I believe OYD will handle this matter in a fair and appropriate manner.”

7 Responses

  1. typical message of a no account politician.

  2. Don’t forget about what happened during Katrina!

    Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco step up to the plate & pardon this kid. You know deep in your heart that Mychal Bell is a victim of racism. How can you allow this to happen! This is a continued stain on your state.

    In the name of Almighty God….do the right thing! The child has been through enough. This is your moment to shine…….. Governor!

  3. Mychal Bell does not need to be pardoned; he is where he belongs as he put himself in the position that he is in now as a result of his previous convictions and not following the terms of his probation.

    Pardoning him would send him the message that it is okay to break the law without suffering any kind of consequences for his actions.

    Mychal is not someone’s “little angel” that everyone is making him out to be. Everyone needs to stop treating him like some innocent, respected school boy who is being made to suffer because of the actions of the DA’s office. He is in the juvenile corrections facility because he can’t stay out of trouble. He should have been given some type of incarceration way before the “Jena Six” situation occurred for his previous convictions. But, someone thought enough of him that he would change and stay out of trouble that he was only given probation for his previous convictions.He had plenty of reasons to change, but he didn’t.

    All of us need to let this “Jena Six” issue die down, and let the judicial system handle Mychal’s case.

    Justice does play fair if it is given a chance.

  4. Leonard

    You’ve head has been buried under the sand a little too long! You’re a total idiot!

  5. Rolling my eyes at Leonard

    “All of us need to let this “Jena Six” issue die down”
    If people listened to you, we’d still be at the back of the bus! It’s time to stop being an uncle. Learn to think for yourself stupid.

  6. Justice does not play fair, because racism is so embedded in our society that we can’t even see it. That’s why when one of the Jena 6 kids were attacked by adult white men, the white men got misdemeanors, unlike felonies that these boys were charged with. African American men are being executed in heinous rates compared to white men convicted of the same crimes. Also it doesn’t help when the white DA of Jena tells the African American students that he can “end [their] life with the stroke of a pen.”

    Also, Mychal Bell was an honor roll student and a star athlete with LSU recruiting him at the age of 16. His previous convictions? Simple battery in a schoolyard fight and criminal property destruction when he toilet papered someones house. How many people have gotten into a fight as a kid and TP’ed a house? My guess would be the majority of males in our society. Are they all locked up? These boys were retaliating against threats and provocation to the greatest degree (nooses, constant taunting, and physical battery and assault), and now they lives are going down the drain because of it. It’s not right that they resorted to violence, but the intense racist threats in my mind warrants some kind of self-defense that the town wouldn’t provide for them. Also, many student accounts, black and white said that Mr. Barker initiated the fight that left him in the hospital. And oh yeah, he was out of the hospital a few hours later and attended a Senior Class ring event at the high school.

  7. Unfortunately, racism is embedded in our society and it cuts both ways equally. The horrendous stunt at the Grambling Lab School is a prime example of how some black children are taught to hate and fear white people from a very young age. Wow, that lesson is really going to teach them to trust and reach out to people of other races…ya think?

    Try these statistics on for size: In the 1950’s 5 of every 6 black babies were born into a two-parent home. Today that number is less than 2 out of six. And black men are becoming an endangered species!

    If you want to know what is most destructive to the young men of the black community read Bill Cosby and Alvin Poussaint’s most excellent book, “Come On People”.

    Take their advice. Forget about what white people think. Start working on positive solutions to the problem.

    The Bible tells us to get the beam out of our own eye before we worry about the mote in our neighbor’s eye…but then too many of our youth have no acquaintance with the Bible…or going to church…or other positive community actions…..hmmmmm could we be on to something here?

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