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Five Arrested in Kendrick Johnson Protest Outside Lowndes High

Kendrick Johnson Protest at Lowndes High
Posted at 11:44 PM, Apr 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-05 06:54:09-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WTXL) - Five people were arrested in Valdosta Monday afternoon, after deputies say a group of protestors were rallying outside Lowndes High School.

A group called "The CommUNITY" traveled from Atlanta to Valdosta, to speak out against the way, they say, the Kendrick Johnson case is being handled.

According to the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, the Atlanta based group had tried to deliver a letter to the principal of Lowndes high around 11:30am.

According to the group's Twitter, they had walked 17 miles a day from Atlanta to deliver it. 17 miles, they say, to commemmorate Johnson's 17 years of life.

The sheriff's office said the group had tried to get on campus, as well as the board of education's campus, and deputies say around 2pm, five were arrested for trespassing after being told several times to stay off the property.

17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was reported missing on January 10th, 2013 and found dead inside of a rolled up gym mat at the high school the next day.

While his death was ruled accidental by authorities, his family says there were multiple signs to indicate that this wasn't an accidental death, including the school security cameras showing him entering the gym, but not getting into the rolled up mat.