A Louisiana law enforcement official says last year's fire that badly damaged Jena High School had nothing to do with the racial tension in the town.
The LaSalle Parish Sheriff-elect, Scott Franklin, says six
people, including three juveniles, have been arrested on arson
charges and two other suspects are being sought. He alleges they
set the fire to destroy school records of bad grades.
The fire destroyed several classrooms, offices and science labs.
It happened a few months after the appearance of nooses in a campus
tree and a few days before a group of black students beat a white
The students arrested for the beating came to be known as the
"Jena Six" after five of them were initially charged with
attempted murder. Civil rights leaders criticized the charges,
saying they were too harsh.
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