May 4, 2009

‘Jena Six’ Mom is Arrested

Some families have bad luck. It appears that the Bell family ... of Jena Six fame ... is one of those families. The mother of Mychal Bell, Jena 6 youth, was arrested on charges of failure to pay child support.

Have you ever heard of a woman paying child support?

Mychal Bell is one of six Black youths who were charged with attempted murder in 2006 following a schoolyard fight with a White student in Jena, La. The racially biased prosecution sparked cries of racism. Thousands of protestors marched on Jena to show support for the six youths. Bell is the only one of the Jena Six youths to serve time for the original incident.

Late last year, Bell shot himself with a gun and told authorities that it was a suicide attempt after being caught shoplifting. He said at the time that he thought about all of the people he had disappointed by his actions.

Next stop for this family has got to be a reality television show!

8 comments:

RiPPa said...

Yes, women pay child support all the time; it's really nothing new. What I'd like to know are the circumstances surrounding her inability to pay her child support.

RiPPa said...

Oh I forgot to ask:how can a brotha get one of those scrolling Afrospear link widget like the one on your left sidebar?

MacDaddy said...

Yes, I've heard of it. And they get brought to court if they don't pay too.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Hiya Villager,

Like the others have said; yep women pay child support. One of the pleasures of gender equality I suppose? Lol

It sounds like this family has issues but honestly if the media followed the (mis)adventures of most families you'd have great reality show materiel.

Max Reddick said...

When following the Jena 6 case, I noted just a smidgen of dysfunction in Bell family. Now this. Did this dysfunction erupt before the Jena 6 case, or is a result of the turmoil created by that case.

I'm not attempting to blame the victim, but this family's plight might make good fodder for further investigation.

BLKSeaGoat said...

And people actually got out and marched for these people and their juvenile delinquent children? I laughed at them then and I am laughing at them now. HA!

deborah evans said...

Yes, women pay child support. Some of the women paying child support include those who have shared/part-time custody.

Villager said...

All - Thanx for setting me straight on the child support issue. As a child support payer (struggling each month to get it done) ... it blows my mind that the courts have women paying child support. U learn something new everyday...

RiPPa - I will send the widget to u via email.

MDC - It is great to see your village voice! I agree with you totally about the fact that any of us would make for good reality TV fodder if cameras or papporazzi followed us around every day (...he says as he types this 2:30am response while sitting in his underwear...)

BlkSeaGoat - Methinks we marched, blogged and protested because of the overtly racist prosecution. As I recall, these youngsters were being charged with offenses that could bring them 20+ years in prison. That was wrong ... and the nation saw it as wrong. Sorry that you saw it as worthy of laughter...