16YO Jamaican Dies after Racial Bullying Incident in USA

Justin Johnson, a 16-year-old Jamaican sophomore at Central Dauphin High School in Pennsylvania, lost his life in controversial circumstances following an alleged hazing incident that has sent shockwaves through the American community.

The incident occurred last Friday after three young men reportedly approached Johnson at his home in the Stray Winds Development, inviting him to play outside. Security footage captured the moment when racial slurs were hurled at Johnson by the individuals involved.


Witnesses reported hearing derogatory remarks such as “he’s running like he ran back to Africa” and “he ran back to Africa.” Johnson, visibly distressed, ran back home but collapsed soon after.

Justin Johnson

Johnson, who had sickle cell disease, was not supposed to exert himself, according to his father, Orville Johnson. His father recounted receiving a distressing call from Johnson, informing him of difficulty breathing. By the time Orville reached home, his son was unconscious.

“I called 911 immediately, and they told me what to do. They called me and said I have to come to the hospital because they’re not getting a heartbeat, and I haven’t seen him since,” Orville Johnson said.

The tragedy has sparked outrage on social media, with many condemning the incident as a hate crime. Calls for justice have echoed across platforms, demanding that the perpetrators be held accountable.

A neighbour named Bellinda Ward who lives a few houses down from the Johnson family, talked about the incident. “They hunted him down like an animal, they chased him down, they coerced him out of his house,” said Ward. 

Lower Paxton Township Police have confirmed an ongoing investigation but have not filed any charges yet. They urge anyone with information or video evidence to come forward.

In response to the incident, Central Dauphin School District expressed its condolences, acknowledging reports of racial insensitivity towards Johnson. The district reaffirmed its commitment to fostering an inclusive environment, denouncing hate speech and discriminatory behaviour.

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