Remember when that kid "accidentally" killed himself by falling into a gym mat?


Locutus
#1
Thought not.

The federal government remembers

[...] Johnson's body was found in a rolled-up mat in the Lowndes High School gymnasium on January 11, 2013. Investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office ruled his death accidental, concluding that Johnson climbed into the center of the gym mat to reach for a shoe and got stuck.

State officials later concurred that Johnson's death was accidental and listed his cause of death as "positional asphyxia," or suffocation by his own body weight. [...]


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Sal
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Johnson's parents have called the official story a "coverup" and said they believe their son's death was a homicide. A separate autopsy commissioned by the family attributed the 17-year-old's death to "apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma."

yeah there's a shock...
 
L Gilbert
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Sal
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the only blurry camera images....no edits (are claimed)...

there's this bridge I have for sale...
 
SLM
#5
Yes, I do remember that one. I was discussing it with my daughter one day, quite some time ago. Seemed like an oddly rushed job getting to accidental death to me. Especialy since accidentally dying in that manner would take some real explaining, in my opinion.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

the only blurry camera images....no edits (are claimed)...

there's this bridge I have for sale...

Yeah. Not quite sure what we're supposed to conclude from the vids either.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Yeah. Not quite sure what we're supposed to conclude from the vids either.

Here's what I think we "could" conclude....this is a FUBAR situation, including....whoever was paid to cover up is a mental midget that "almost" got away with it

Said mental midget may still get away with it.
 
SLM
#8
Parents sue Georgia school after teen found dead in gym mat


David Beasley, REUTERS

Jul 29, 2014 , Last Updated: 7:31 PM ET

ATLANTA - The parents of a Georgia teenager whose body was found in a rolled-up wrestling mat in his school gym are suing school officials for failing to stop bullying by classmates who may have beaten their son to death, their attorney said on Tuesday.
Kendrick Johnson's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit in order to subpoena witnesses and investigate the 17-year-old's death. They refuse to believe an official autopsy concluding their son accidentally suffocated last year after falling into an upright rolled-up wrestling mat while retrieving a tennis shoe.
The death of the black teenager has drawn wide attention due to its unusual circumstances and charges of racism. Johnson's parents say their son was harassed by a white classmate before his death.
The lawsuit, filed on Monday, claims the Lowndes County school system in south Georgia failed to investigate assaults and harassment that ultimately escalated and led to his death.
"The focus has been placed on one or more of these kids," said the family's attorney, Chevene King, adding that he cannot prove that a fellow student killed the teenager.
A Lowndes County school spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment.
Suspecting foul play, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson hired a private pathologist who found their son's death was caused by a bodily blow. The teen's father said he believes his son's body was placed inside the wrestling mat to cover up his murder.
An investigation into the death, opened last year by U.S. Attorney Michael Moore for Georgia's Middle District, is still pending, said a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor.
The death is being treated as accidental and not a homicide, said Brad Shealy, chief assistant district attorney for Lowndes County.

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This has been a weird, weird case. Hard to imagine there isn't some kind of cover up going on, the 'official' explanations sounds so far fetched. Maybe by filing suit the family may be able to get some real answers.

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WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Kendrick Johnson's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit in order to subpoena witnesses and investigate the 17-year-old's death. They refuse to believe an official autopsy concluding their son accidentally suffocated last year after falling into an upright rolled-up wrestling mat while retrieving a tennis shoe.

If he were 5-10 years younger Id consider that explanation plausible. In elementary school I remember being told not to climb on the mats or go int he circular ones in storage for obvious reasons. Didn't stop some of us though. It seems unlikely to me that a kid that old would do something like that without help. The risks look pretty obvious. They didn't really describe what sort of condition the body was in. It should be easy to tell if he was beaten or not.
 
Locutus
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*posts merged*
 
spaminator
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Civil suit will cost parents of dead Georgia teen in gym mat
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Friday, August 19, 2016 07:14 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, August 19, 2016 07:20 PM EDT
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead in a rolled-up gym mat must pay at least some attorney fees for people they accused of wrongdoing in a civil lawsuit that was later dropped, a judge has ruled.
Classmates at Lowndes High School found 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson dead inside an upright mat propped against a gymnasium wall in January 2013. Sheriff's investigators concluded Johnson of Valdosta died in a freak accident, but his parents insisted he was killed.
Kenneth and Jacqueline Johnson filed a wrongful death suit last year accusing two brothers of killing their son. They also claimed school officials and law enforcement helped cover up the crime. The Johnsons dropped their civil suit in March.
Superior Court Judge Richard Porter granted requests Thursday from the defendants' lawyers to recoup attorney fees from the Johnsons, Georgia news organizations reported. The judge set a hearing for Monday to determine how much Johnson's parents would have to pay.
Attorneys for the accused brothers, the Lowndes County sheriff and the school system have asked for more than $850,000.
Chevene King, the Johnson family's attorney, did not immediately return a phone message Friday from The Associated Press.
Johnson was last seen during the school day on Jan. 9, 2013. Security cameras showed him enter the gym, but did not record how he died. Classmates found his body the next day when they noticed his feet in the centre of a rolled-up mat. Sheriff's investigators concluded he went head-first into the mat to retrieve a pair of gym shoes found beneath the body.
An autopsy by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner determined Johnson died from "positional asphyxia," meaning he got stuck upside down and was unable to breathe. Johnson's parents later had his body exhumed and paid a private medical examiner to conduct a second autopsy, which concluded he died from a blow to the neck.
In June, the Justice Department closed a 2 1/2 year investigation into Johnson's death that provided no answers. The department issued a statement saying federal investigators "found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges," but it steered clear of saying whether its findings pointed to an accident or homicide as the cause of Johnson's death.
The AP has not named the brothers accused by Johnson's parents because they were never charged with any crimes.
In this Dec. 13, 2013 file photo, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson stand next to a banner on their SUV showing their late son, Kendrick Johnson in Valdosta, Ga. The parents of Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school, have dropped a wrongful death lawsuit accusing two brothers of killing their son. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum, File)

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