Racial tensions in Sylacauga garner national attention

Used with permission from the victim's mother.
Used with permission from the victim's mother.

SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT) — The story of a Sylacauga teen allegedly beaten over racially charged Facebook posts is getting national attention. The growing attention is only making things more tense in the small community.

There was a group of recent Sylacauga High School graduates that were going to speak with CBS42. They wanted to hold a rally and try to talk to current students about the hate they’re seeing online. CBS42 learned Tuesday afternoon that the Sylacauga City Schools Board denied that request.

The longer this story drags on, the more attention it’s getting. The Washington Post, Time Online and The Drudge Report are carrying this story. It’s been just four days since Brian Ogle was badly beaten by a large group, apparently over something he posted on Facebook. He’s still at UAB Hospital in Birmingham with serious injuries.

The Blue Lives Matter group is rallying behind Brian. Their spokesperson put out a video asking members to act.

“I want to send this young man get well cards. We have complete support from his police department in Alabama,” Randy Sutton with Blue Lives Matter said.

There was a fight that broke out Monday at the high school. So far, no arrests have been made in either case, which are both still under investigation.

Tuesday evening, the community organized a prayer walk.

The prayer walk was organized by the community of Facebook. Several churches are represented, and people from all walks of life attended and prayed together for the town.

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