Kendrick Johnson's parents in court over protest

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the Valdosta teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at his high school, will appear in court in Lowndes County Monday morning.

Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson face charges of civil disobedience stemming from an April 2013 protest.

According to the family's attorney, the Johnsons are accused of blocking the entrance to the Lowndes County Courthouse during their protest over the lack of information they'd been given in their son's death.

Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found dead Jan. 11, 2013 in the Lowndes High School gym. His parents have since filed a $100 million lawsuit against 38 people, including the Valdosta police chief, the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and three of Kendrick's classmates.

The family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against school officials. The suit claims the school did not take steps to prevent Kendrick from dying at the hands of another student.

Kendrick Johnson's death was initially ruled accidental; sheriff's officials said he climbed into the mat to retrieve a lost shoe, got stuck upside down and asphyxiated. Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson hired an independent pathologist to investigate their son's death. The pathologist found evidence of blunt force trauma to the teen's neck and said the death was a homicide.

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