Family of Kendrick Johnson Sues Georgia School District

Mystery still surrounds the death of the 17-year-old.

Posted: 05/14/2014 11:59 AM EDT
Family of Kendrick Johnson Sues Georgia School District

The family of Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead in Lowndes High School in 2013, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Lowndes County Board of Education in Georgia.

Mystery still surrounds how the 17-year-old died, as he was found in a rolled-up mat. The family alleges that the Lowndes County School District neglected to protect Johnson from harassment and bullying because he was African-American, according to CNN.  

The Sheriff's Office says his death was a freak accident, but his parents had a private investigation done that told a different story. The teen died after a fatal blow that appeared to be nonaccidental, according to the pathologist who performed the second autopsy.

His case remains under investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

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(Photo: Justice for Kendrick Johnson via Facebook)

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