You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

breaking news

2 Atlanta streets closed, Homeland Security called to mercury investigation

DeKalb boy overcomes amputations to march in high school band


Despite major challenges, a DeKalb County high school student manages to play in the marching band.

According to a report on Channel 2 Action News, Jahkee Johnson was born with a rare disease and has lost his legs below the knee, but the 15-year-old boy is defying his disability and his classmates’ notion of what he can do.

"We were practicing, and everyone was shocked, but they started to see and treated me like a normal person," Jahkee told the TV station.

RELATED: Christmas in DeKalb County: 13 family fun events happening soon

RELATED: Dunwoody police warn of increased deer activity

RELATED: Top teacher announced for every DeKalb County school

The boy attends Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood and was born with tibial hemimelia. His amputations took place when he was an infant.

He grew and even managed to play sports for years before arriving to Cedar Grove and falling in love with the tuba, Channel 2 said.

He wears padded shoes that help him march and sway with the other students.

Like DeKalb County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter and Instagram


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Kindergarten teacher allegedly drunk, carrying loaded pistol at school
Kindergarten teacher allegedly drunk, carrying loaded pistol at school

An elementary school teacher allegedly had alcohol on her breath and a loaded pistol in her purse at school Thursday, officials said.  A staff member at Shelton Elementary reported that 39-year-old Melanie Bullard smelled like she’d been drinking and school officials began an investigation about noon, Paulding County Sheriff’s spokesman...
Look for these pieces of Braves memorabilia around SunTrust Park
Look for these pieces of Braves memorabilia around SunTrust Park

From its start in Boston to Oct. 28, 1995, there’s been a lot of Braves history. And as with anyone moving into a new home, the team had a chance to plan out how to display the artifacts it was most proud of. There’s plenty to see at SunTrust Park if you know where to look.  Some items are as obvious as the 35 pennants, but...
Police fear for DeKalb mother missing for months
Police fear for DeKalb mother missing for months

Five months later, Chamblee mother Cecilia Bustamante is still missing.  The 42-year-old left her credit and debit cards, ID, passport and her 7-year-old son in late October, though police weren’t notified she was gone until Dec. 2. That was after relatives in Maryland grew concerned after she missed Thanksgiving. The Chamblee Police...
Georgia deputy had ‘watery, bloodshot eyes’ after alleged DUI crash
Georgia deputy had ‘watery, bloodshot eyes’ after alleged DUI crash

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy faces a DUI charge after he crashed his car on the side of a road in Douglasville, according to the Georgia State Patrol.  Matthew Owen Harper, 33, crashed on Cedar Mountain Road about 7 p.m. Saturday, according to a GSP crash report.  Harper had watery, bloodshot eyes and “slow and mumbled&rdquo...
JUST IN: Downtown streets closed amid ‘red mercury’ investigation
JUST IN: Downtown streets closed amid ‘red mercury’ investigation

Officials are investigating in downtown Atlanta after reports that a man claiming to have red mercury from Africa walked into the Region 2 location of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, police said.  “We received a call regarding a male coming into the facility carrying red mercury from Africa,” Atlanta police Officer Stephanie...
More Stories