Mychal Bell of the infamous “Jena 6″ was hospitalized early Tuesday morning after accidentally shooting himself.
Mychal Bell was apparently cleaning a gun when it accidentally discharged, shooting him in the shoulder, his attorney, Carol Powell-Lexing, told CNN. He had surgery Monday night at a hospital in Monroe, Louisiana, but has not yet recovered enough to talk. According to Monroe police Sgt. Cassandra Wooten said the wound was not life-threatening.
Bell and five other classmates made national headlines after they faced adult felony charges in the 2006 beating of a white classmate in the town of Jena, LA. The incident was preceded by three white students hanging a noose in a tree which was considered off limits to black students at Jena High School.
The “Jena 6″ as they came to be known received the support of worldwide protest from civil rights groups who argued that the charges were excessive. An estimated 15,000-plus people flooded the small town in September 2007 to support the black youth eventually leading to the teens receiving leniency despite evidence unveiled later in part by Highbrid Nation of the teens culpability.