September 21, 2007
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DAVID BARKER SPEAKS OUT ON THE ATTACK ON HIS SON
ON NPR NEWS DAY TO DAY
TODAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

BARKER SAYS HE’D LIKE TO “SEE THESE KIDS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE”

EXCERPT BELOW; AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE AT WWW.NPR.ORG


September 21, 2007; Washington, D.C. – David Barker, father of the Jena attack victim Justin Barker, speaks with Madeleine Brand in an interview airing today on NPR’s Day to Day. Mr. Barker explains how the altercation started and what he believes should be done with the attackers.

When asked what he thought triggered the altercation Barker says: “I honestly don’t believe the noose incident started this. It may have had a little effect on it but these kids were involved way before this noose incident … They were after someone and apparently he [Justin] was the one at the time … I do believe that if it weren’t him [Justin] it would have been someone else.”

On what he’d like to see happen to the Jena 6, Barker says: “I’d like to see these kids brought to justice … Well, I believe they should spend some time [in jail] for this. I mean, what’s next if they don’t stop these kids? You know, the next one may not be as lucky as my son was … So who’s to say what would be next? It’s probably for their own good too plus the community … Maybe learn some thing out of this. And I’m not saying how much time. I’m just saying some time”

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