A member of the Jena Six was charged Wednesday with one count of assault causing bodily injury for fighting with a fellow student at his high school in Texas, his mother said.
Bryant R. Purvis, 19, who now lives in the Dallas area, was being held in the Carrollton, Texas, jail without bail pending a bond hearing Thursday morning, a jail official said. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a $4,000 fine and a year in jail.
Tina Jones, Purvis’ mother, said her son got into an altercation with another student at Hebron High School early Wednesday after being told the student had vandalized his car the night before.
“I wish he could just get in a place where he could walk away from the situation,” Jones said of her son. “I understand he gets frustrated. But he needed to walk away from this situation, being that he’s already in a situation. It’s very frustrating and upsetting to have to go through so much.”
Jones said what happened really wasn’t a fight. Purvis went up to the other student, “grabbed him by the collar and pushed his head on the table, talking to him,” she said.