COPY-President Comments On Situation In Jena

As thousands of demonstrators make themselves heard in a Louisiana community, in support of six black teenagers who were charged in the beating of a white classmate, President Bush is speaking out as well.

He told reporters at the White House today that the events in Jena (JEE'-nuh) have "saddened" him. He says he can "understand the emotions."

Bush also says the FBI is monitoring the situation, and that everyone in America wants to see "fairness when it comes to justice."

The six black teens were charged shortly after the local prosecutor refused to charge three white teens who had hung nooses in a tree on their high school grounds. But prosecutors deny that racism played any role in the decision.