5 Years later, Jena 6 move on - KMOV.com

5 Years later, Jena 6 move on

JENA, La. (AP) -- The young white man beaten by six black classmates who gained national attention as the "Jena Six" says he has moved on from the incident that brought the small Louisiana town of Jena under scrutiny.

The six, who were at one point charged with attempted murder, became the focus of a massive civil rights march in 2007, about nine months after the beating.

Justin Barker told The Associated Press in his first interview since he was beaten that he's moved on from the ordeal. Barker, who still lives in the town and now works on an oil rig, says to this day he has no idea why he was beaten.

Several of the defendants also have moved on and are now attending college outside Jena.

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