In 2007, when two Black high school students sat under the "white" tree on their campus, white students responded by hanging nooses from the tree. Racial tension continued to mount in Jena, and the District Attorney did nothing in response to several egregious cases of violence and threats against black students.
But when a white student--who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses--taunted a black student, allegedly called several black students "nigger", and was beaten up by black students, six black students were charged with second-degree attempted murder.
Last month, the first young man to be tried, Mychal Bell, was convicted. He faces up to 22 years in prison for a school fight.