What happened to Kendrick Johnson?

by Apr 29, 2013 5:45 pm Tags: , , , , , ,

Sydney Reed is a Spartan Daily staff writer.

Sydney Reed is a Spartan Daily staff writer.

It’s a question that has gone unanswered for almost four months now.

How could a school, and most importantly a police department, cover up the death of an innocent human being?

It doesn’t so much shock me as hurt me.

Lowndes High School and the Valdosta Police Department should be doing all they can to find out the truth behind Kendrick Johnson’s death.

They owe it to his family, friends and all those who loved him, to find out what happened to him on Jan. 10, 2013.

Before I get ahead of myself, let me break down the story. For those who don’t know, Johnson is an African-American, 17-year-old football player from Valdosta, Georgia who attended Lowndes High School.

On Jan. 11, 2013, he was found rolled up in a wrestling mat in the school's gym.

Based on reports by Lowndes County sheriff’s investigators, the authorities ruled the death accidental, saying Johnson fell into the upright standing mat while reaching for a shoe and the blood rushing to his head caused him to die.

While on Instagram a few days ago, I came across a picture of a young man who looked like he was severally beaten, his face was unrecognizable – pretty much deformed.

It turned out that boy was Johnson and there is no way his death was accidental.

Someone — and most likely someone at that school — beat that young man to death, yet the Sheriff says there was no foul play.

When tragedies like this happen and when they are predominantly centered on African-American men I can’t help but think that racism will never go away.

It reminds me of the many men that have been falsely accused or killed for things they did not do, such as Trayvon Martin – another 17-year-old African American who was fatally shot by a 28-year-old Hispanic male by the name of George Zimmerman who described Martin as looking like no-good, suspicious and druggy to police dispatchers.

On a police recording Zimmerman is being heard saying, “these assholes, they always get away.”

In the case of Martin, some people said his death was his fault, saying outrageous things such as maybe he shouldn’t have looked so suspicious or been wearing a black hoodie.

It was raining and who ever said it was against the law for someone to wear a hoodie? No one.

Jamie Foxx was even attacked for wearing a T-shirt at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards with Trayvon Martin on it that said “Know Justice.”

Some individuals didn’t bother to acknowledge that he was showing his respects to the Sandy Hook children, who were also pictured on the shirt, but instead blurted out racist comments on Twitter about Foxx and Martin that said “dead n****r criminal.”

Some individuals even went on to say Martin got what he deserved.

No innocent person deserves to have their life taken away no matter what color skin they have.

Seeing the picture of Johnson’s face also reminded me of the gruesome picture of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped, tortured and then killed in Mississippi in 1955.

Till was accused of making advances toward a white woman.

Two white men, one being the husband of the woman, brutally beat Till, dragged him to the Tallahatchie River, shot him in the head, tied him up with barbed wire and shoved his body in the river.

Till’s face was so mutilated that the only way he could be identified was by the ring he wore, which had his father’s initials engraved in it.

Needless to say, the men who killed Till were acquitted, and two months later admitted to committing the crime, knowing they would not be arrested.

Till and his family didn’t receive justice and Johnson’s family and friends have not received justice for his death.

While authorities are ruling the death accidental, there could still be a killer on the loose.

Part of me hates to say this, (but then again doesn’t) but if this was a white student found rolled up in a wrestling mat beaten to death there would be a hunt for the killer and the news would have went national in a day, not almost four months later.

If this were a white student, their parents would not be arrested for having a peaceful protest, holding “No Justice, No Peace” signs, and the administration at the high school would not refuse to show the last footage of the student at school, which PolicyMic.com reported Lowndes High School administration of doing.

You would think looking at the school's camera footage would be on the authorities list of things to do, but for some reason that wasn’t a priority and neither was getting in contact with the county coroner, who admitted the sheriff didn’t notify him of Johnson’s death on Jan. 11, according to PolicyMic.com.

Any evidence could have been removed during that time and it’s sad to think that anyone would do that. What if it was your son, brother or friend? How would it make you feel if their death was covered up and nothing was done about it?

I could be thinking too hard and jumping to conclusions, but everything inside of me says this boy was killed and his family should have the right to know who did it and why.

21 thoughts on “What happened to Kendrick Johnson?

  1. If we dont take a stand on anything now is the time and advice to the mom never stop searching for justice even if u have to hire a out of town investagator !!!! Thair was foul play anybody can look and see that I guess they also think we are dumb!!!

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