September 4th, 2013
11:11 PM ET

No federal civil rights probe into teen's death

The U.S. Justice Department will not conduct a civil rights investigation in the case of a teenager found dead in a rolled-up mat at his southern Georgia high school, a spokesperson for that agency said Wednesday.

Kendrick Johnson, 17, was discovered dead last January 11 headfirst in a rolled wrestling mat in the Lowndes County High School gymnasium in Valdosta, Georgia.

The Justice Department's criminal division is aware of concerns about Kendrick's death, but after reviewing the investigative file, it determined there is not "sufficient indication of a civil rights violation to authorize a civil rights investigation," according to the agency's spokesperson.

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  1. rupert

    So surprising. The fed gov is always crying about something.
    Ha! $56000 for some lawyers. Some teachers,make more than that

    September 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    It would, however, be nice if some of the family's questions would be answered, like: why wasn't a proper investigation done in the first place?

    September 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rupert

    Miss b. Your having my baby. ♥

    September 5, 2013 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. rupert

    Lets name it chrissy or chriss.

    September 5, 2013 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy! You didn't know you were going to be the mother of the 2nd comming of Christ did you? Which i would assume would have to be the scenario rupert just spit out because undoubtably it would be imaculate conception! Lmao

    September 5, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      A physical impossibility, in more ways than one, chrissy.

      September 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Correction "undoubtedly"

    September 5, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Wouldn't one need to establish that a teenager's death was homicide before determining that the intention was a violation of civil rights?

    September 5, 2013 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Frringe"

    Why wasn't there a civil rights probe done following the death of the young bsseball player?

    September 5, 2013 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. thill


    September 5, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. thill

    south, ga................what else needs to be said?

    September 5, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |