Deputies and Officers Brace for Possible Protests at Lowndes High Graduation

Kendrick Johnson
Posted at 6:03 PM, May 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-22 06:54:52-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - The Valdosta Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff's Office say they have a plan in place for Saturday's graduation ceremony at Lowndes High, where protesters are expected to turn out, following the death of Kendrick Johnson more than two years ago.

Johnson would have graduated from the high school this year, if he was still alive.

In January of 2013, he was found dead in a rolled up gym mat in the Lowndes High School gym.

Investigators say his death was an accident, but his parents believe someone killed him.

The Sheriff's Office will be on campus for the ceremony, while Valdosta Police officers will be monitoring the outer perimeter, grassy areas, and roads.

There will be a designated grass area for protesters, who will be allowed to be in the area as long as they remain peaceful and do not go onto the sidewalks or on the road.