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Miami High School Holds Moment of Silence For Trayvon Martin — Nearly One Month After Death

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Attendees at a town hall meeting hold up a photo of slain teen Trayvon Martin.

The Miami high school attended by Trayvon Martin, the student shot and killed by a neighborhood watch leader in Central Florida, held a moment of silence for Martin this morning, students and staff have told StateImpact Florida.

Students at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School say it is the first acknowledgement of Martin’s death since he was killed while visiting his father’s girlfriend’s home near Orlando.

Update at 10:15 a.m. ET Miami-Dade School District Responds 

This morning, the chief communications director for the Miami-Dade County school district, John Schuster said there is a reason the school did not announce Trayvon’s death on campus.

“Shortly after Trayvon’s death, his parents asked the school’s principal for privacy in the matter,” Schuster said.

But the school did make an announcement anyway after StateImpact Florida started asking around.

Schuster said crisis counselors usually “move from classroom to classroom, announce [a student's] death, and offer services to students”. But because he said the family requested privacy, “counselors could not proceed in the usual manner.”

“As new information has become available regarding the student’s death, counselors continue to be available to address students’ grief, frustration, and anger about the death of their fellow student.”

Our original post, from 3/21 at 1:16 p.m. ET

The moment of silence comes nearly a month after Martin’s Feb. 26 death, and hours after StateImpact Florida asked the school district why the school had yet to publicly acknowledge Martin’s death on campus.

Students criticized the delay on Twitter:

And:

Martin was suspended from school at the time he was shot, The Miami Herald has reported.

The school’s reaction differed for classmate Christopher Belle, who was struck and killed by a car in November, students told StateImpact Florida. The school orchestra collected donations for Belle’s family and a slideshow of Belle was shown at a performance.

“It was definitely different from what they are doing for Trayvon, which is nothing,” junior Ashley Aristide said before classes began Wednesday.

“It’s simpler to deal with something the way Christopher Belle died then the way Trayvon died,” she said. “I’m pretty sure that the school just doesn’t want to have that much commotion…because then learning in that environment would be really hard.”

StateImpact Florida has called the Miami-Dade school district for response, including whether the school followed district policy for grief counseling.

We have the full story on how Travyon Martin’s high school reacted to his public death here. 

Comments

  • Raclev

    You mention that Trayvon was “suspended from school at the time he was shot”. Do you have any more information about that? I think it might be helpful for your readers’ better understanding of the circumstances.

    • Srob

      Some of you people will do anything to justify hatred and racism. I know for a fact that individual schools excercise their own discipline measures outside of the District or School handbook. Irregardless of why he was suspended, the more important issue is, why was he murdered. Do yourselves a favor and search your soul to find out how you can justify any dead child who had skittles and was walking home being murdered in cold blood. I wonder if it were your son or relative would you see things differently. I’m sure, but to some “It’s Just a Dead Black Boy” Justice for Trayvon Martin will come.

      • Ernie

         ”I’m sure to some “It’s Just a Dead Black Boy”. 

        Well, yeah, it is to some of us, but not because of racism.  Rather it’s because the media and “black community” are attempting to make a martyr out of a thug.  We ain’t buying it, Bub.

        “Justice for Trayvon Martin will come.”

        Uh, what’s that supposed to mean?  Is the “black community” going to riot and declare war on “whitey”?  If so, good luck with that, Buttercup.  You’re going to need a whole lot of body bags for yourself and your “community”.

         Violence begets violence.  Nobody wins.  Everybody loses.

        • Erniepoolovesmen

          your way of thinking is Exactly what got Trayvon murdered!!! callin him a thug is sterotyping him! Bub! you must be one of the Redneck/cracker cops who wants this covered up. so lets just see if we will need a lot of body bags….stand our ground have just begun!!!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

            Calling him a thug is typically what people call someone who physically attacks another person. Especially when that person was supsended from school for an extended period of time…oddly enough which is why he was upstate in Florida visiting, rather than back down in Miami where he should have been going to school.

        • Sujag92

           Ernie,

          Out of curiosity, what background information do you have on Trayvon to so confidently state that he is/was a thug? Just wondering if you are privy to information the rest of us have not seen.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

            None, he is playing the same game that the rest of you are playing. How does it feel to have the shoe on the other foot?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

          It is amazing that a *portion* of 11% of a society seems to think they hold a position of threatening the rest of that society.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

        No we just take exception to the “angel-ization” of someone who may have been anything but….Then the “perpetrator” is of course, immediately portrayed, first as white (because an incompetent media is too giddy to get the white-gun-freak-shoots-innocent-harmless-black-angel-child-out-of-racist-hatred storyline rolling to check him out and just see that his name was Zimmerman, so he must be white right?), and then is further villified for having called 911 “too much” over the past year, oh and all of his photos publish are mugshot-style pics not selected by his family, and all the photos presenting Trayvon Martin to the public are given to the media by his family and are all of him at a much younger age than 17, and holding babies and smiling and happy. 

        The propaganda techniques being used here are novice at best yet so many of you have been so conditioned to not seek truth, to not recognize propaganda, that you immediately go “all in” for the fake story and get yourselves whipped up into a frenzy.

        You people should be ashamed. If smearing Mr Zimmerman without any facts on what happened without taking into consideration that there are people with all the facts OTHER THAN YOU who decided what happened was different than what you seem to think despite the risk of it being twisted into something it was not and becoming the pathetic spectacle that it has become, a man conducting a vital service for any community (especially one that has had a rash of burglaries and break-in) because he called 911 a lot over his time period of being a neighborhood watchman is fair game, THEN GUESS WHAT….wanting to know why a 17 yr old supposed-ANGEL was currently suspended from school for any time period, much less 10 days, is also fair game.

        If you didn’t want people to “go there” then maybe you should have thought about that first before you started smearing people without having any facts or knowledge on the matter.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Rose/655434671 Scott Rose

          Actually, it is illegal to call 911 unnecessarily, and you can hear in many of Zimmerman’s 911 calls that he was calling 911 unnecessarily.

          • AghastinFL

            Ahh Scott, I see you did not take the time to learn the facts before posting, on Feb 26th as in virtually every other instance Zimmerman called the non-emergency line provided by the SPD for neighborhood watch participants.
            No unnecessary misuse of the 911 system.

    • Sujag92

      Raclev do you really believe knowing “why” Trayvon was suspended would be helpful for the readers to understand his senseless killing? If he was suspended for fighting would that justify George Zimmerman’s actions? If he was suspended for missing too many days at school would that justify George Zimmerman’s actions? If he was suspended for any of the numerous offenses that warrant suspension, would that further justify George Zimmerman’s actions? As a parent of a 17 year old who would have probably reacted as Trayvon did to a stranger questioning who he was and why he was there, the blatant justification of the killing scares me. My son would have taken offense to a stranger following him. I believe my son would have approached George Zimmerman to ask why he was being followed. It is my opinion that George Zimmerman could have stated, we have had multiple break-ins within the past 15 months. I have never seen you before and I am the Neighborhood Watch Captain. I want to make sure that you are here visiting with someone. That simple sentence would have changed the outcome.

      So back to my original question, do you really believe knowing why Trayvon was suspended is important to the facts of this case?

      You are as guilty as George Zimmerman if you believe that. May God be with us.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

        None, zero importance to the case, but it certainly undermines the media’s propaganda portraying Trayvon as some helpless angel-child if he had been suspended for fighting or other aggressive behavior, when we are finding out now that he was in fact beating Mr Zimmerman as he lay on the ground (not knowing MR Zimmerman was carrying a gun). When we find out at what range Trayvon was shot at and it turns out it was point blank range this will also sink the whole lie that Zimmerman just chased him and shot him once he caught up with him.

        May God be with us for so many of you are so easily taken in by a contemptuous lying media that seeks to create stories rather than report stories.

        No one knows what exactly happened yet, but the more we actually learn the more obvious it is that the media has lied to you all and it was YOUR bias, YOUR prejudice, YOUR racism that allowed YOU to be fooled.

      • Robin

        I believe that Trayvon Martin’s killing was senseless and horrible.  My point was that, readers/listeners are likely to jump to conclusions based on “red herrings”, and rather than just release information that is likely to be grist for the mill, it is important to explain those little “details” rather than just “innocently” offering them up.
        I believe that the way we received dribs and drabs of information from the media and those “in the know” was/is manipulative. I believe that the police failed to do their job, even though they claim that their hands were tied.  They failed to get information, they failed to get evidence, they took Zimmerman’s word for the details of the event, rather than trying to corroborate that information with ANYONE.
        Tragically, we will never hear Trayvon’s “side” of things because he is gone.  So, his side will be crafted from all of those little details about who he was, why he was where he was, and his short 17 year history. So, rather than jumping to any ridiculous conclusions based on small tidbits, I would prefer to hear the real information, rather than what some talking head conjures up for me.
        As a parent of a 21 year old son, I too believe he would’ve challenged Zimmerman about why he was following him.  My son would’ve distrusted any stranger following him, or threatening him in any way.  And rightfully so.  But, we will never know what conversation those two had. We will speculate and wonder, we will write our own dialogue, and hear those screams in our dreams at night. 
        We must pursue justice, which may not have anything to do with the truth.  And Zimmerman must be detained and questioned, he must have his permit to carry taken away from him, pending some resolution of this matter.  And, we must make sure these crazy “Stand Your Ground” laws are repealed, because they appear to give anyone the right to take the law into their own hands, and we are not a society where this is OK.
        None of this, however, will bring Trayvon back.  We can only hope that this terrible event is not repeated again anywhere in this country.

        • 627guest

          RACLEV, you said “…They failed to get information, they failed to get evidence, they took Zimmerman’s word for the details of the event, rather than trying to corroborate that information with ANYONE.”

          According to the Sanford police report available from a number of news sources including this from CNN / Headline News (http://cnninsession.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/martinpolicreport.pdf), the police interview and identified at least six witnesses other than Zimmerman. What they told the police is not revealed so there is more information that could help clear up some of the assumptions being made.

      • Jamesr110

         Generally a 5 or more day suspension is a suspension pending expulsion…for violence, terroristic threats, rape or assault.  Obviously, if this is the case…it is of great importance to the scase…if he assaulted zimmerman as he appears to have…zimmerman was in fear of his life and did the right thing….please post any evidence to support why he was suspended and do give BS like tardies.

  • Americua2112

    Trayvon was suspended from school for being tardy to school too many times, according to the Orlando Sentinel. You can find great information on the case at their news website Orlandosentinel.com or their twitter account @OStrayvonmartin

    • StateImpactJOC

       Thanks for adding that link, Americua2112.

    • Louis Arrighi
    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFSYII6XBERACOANZ3VPI2EDVE Louie

      seems like the Orlando Sentinel or whomever they were interviewing was lying. the policy is outlined in the Code of Student Conduct for M-DCPS. there isn’t such a thing for being suspended for tardy under NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, and in fact suspensions are highly discouraged. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND encourages students to attend school and forces teachers to complete a Functional Assessment of Behavior and a Behavior Intervention Plan along with meeting the parent. this is just for a 1 day suspension. 8 pages of paperwork for being tardy. NO WAY JOSE! the Orlando Sntinel seems to be gunning and LYING for Trayvon.

      • Fineprincessj

        Since you seem to know what the truth is, let me ask you a simple question… where did you attend school?

    • Jamesr110

       The school cannot release the reason for suspension due to the right to privacy.  The friends and family of the thug can say whatever they like…and it looks like they did.  The Senttinel is using yellow journalism and never stated a source.  Pure lies

  • jayhawk85

    Suspended 10 days out of school for tardiness? Seems unlikely.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYDAJIS2PIRFMJ6GCAANMVFQWI T

       Not when you are black.

      • Ernie

        “Not when you are black.”

        Believe your statement needs more definition.  Let me help you out:

        Not when you are a black, feral, inner-city youth that belongs in jail rather than school.

        There. Fixed it.  You’re welcome.

  • jayhawk85

    Here is a link to the policy of the school Martin attended. 10-day Outdoor suspensions as they call them are only for violent behavior. Not tardiness. Personally I think Zimmerman is in the wrong but it sounds like Martin was no choir boy. From the document: 

    A principal may suspend a student from school for one (1) to ten (10) days for 
    persistent disobedience and/or serious misconduct.  Principals take this action 
    when they have exhausted informal corrective strategies, or when they have at least 
    considered those alternatives and rejected them as inappropriate in a given 
    situation. 
    Outdoor suspension is appropriate under the following conditions: 
    • The student’s presence in school presents a physical danger to the student or others; 
    • A “cooling off” period is needed  to relieve tensions and relieve pressure; and/or 
    • The student and/or parent/guardian refuse an alternative to suspension. 

    Source: http://ehandbooks.dadeschools.net/policies/90/csc_sec.pdf

    • GN

      wtf…are people really about to try to launch a campaign to smear a murdered child?!  What’s next? “Caylee Anthony actually did NOT eat all of her peas that week.”  For shame.  And btw, internet sleuthing aside, the parents have been consistent and have never been caught in a lie, they and the school, have said over and over again that the suspension was due to tardiness.  I’m not in that district, but my non-violent younger brother was once suspended from his high school for having too many tardies.

      #whatisthiscountrycomingto

      • jayhawk85

        i said i think Zimmerman is in the wrong but im just trying to point out the inconsistencies in the media’s reporting. 10 days out of school is a really harsh punishment for tardiness.

        • GN

          Again, unlike the Zimmermans, the Martins have been honest and consistent this entire time. For example, on March 15, Zimmerman’s father stated that his son never chased or confronted Trayvon. Via the 911 tapes, we now know that this is a lie. One of several. By contrast, the Martins, whose murdered son is the one who was treated like the felon, have never been caught in a lie like that. They’ve said all along that Trayvon has never had a suspension related to violence nor has he ever been in a HS fight. Were that untrue, the unscrupulous Zimmermans, still looking to paint George as a victim of the child he murdered, would have most certainly found proof of such.

          I too find suspensions for tardiness to be harsh and counterproductive, period, and I agree that ten days is quite excessive, and this detail may be reported wrong. However, the emerging effort coming from some on the right to smear this murdered child smacks of moral vacancy. I applaud those conservatives, such as the author of the Stand Your Ground law, for reaching past politics and into morality, and noting that indeed George Zimmerman should be behind bars.

          And btw, Zimmerman is the one who is no choir boy. The child’s corpse was tested for intoxication, came back clean. Meanwhile Zimmerman slurred his words on the 911 call. The dead child’s background was immediately checked for criminality and came back 100% clean. Meanwhile Zimmerman who had lied about his supposedly clean background has an arrest record and domestic violence complaint.

          Perhaps the A and B student was senselessly and viciously murdered precisely as the 911 tapes and all evidence other than the self-serving statements of his killer indicate…no need to comb through his records, Lord knows the police already have in an effort to find something, anything, which would excuse their incompetence on the night of his death.

          • Louis Arrighi

            really, so why is she showing pictures of him as an 11 year old? I have found one pic of him as a  6’3″ 15 year old giving the middle finger. there are many other inconsistencies.

          • GN

            That’s a child you’re talking about there, champ.  A murdered child.  His mother can show any picture she wants of her child whose life was stolen from HER, by someone who had no right to do that.  And btw. Trayvon had only turned 17 three weeks before he was senselessly murdered for no reason.  For shame.

          • Ernie

             ”That’s a child you’re talking about there, champ.  A murdered child.”

            So, what’s your point, Buckwheat?  The kid was 6’3″ and attacked a 5’2″ man.  He was beating the man’s head into the concrete, and thus got shot. 

            Just another gang-banging, thug, wannabe who was “keeping it real” and got shot dead.

            Sorry, but no tears are forthcoming.

            Do you need me to call a WAAAMBULANCE for you? 

            Sheesh.  What a maroon.

             

          • Die-nasty9

            “Ernie” you are a racist bastard. For sure you’re part of the kkk.

          • AmazedbyStupidity

             Ernie,

            It’s amazing how you justify the killing of an unarmed child. Would you be so quick to defend those same actions if George Zimmerman shot and killed a white child. Trying to take race out of the equation, your comments make that very difficult. For instance the post to which you replied had an author by the name of GN. However do you get Buckwheat from that?

            Grow up and learn to live with all races!

          • SEEKJUSTICE4Trayvon

            BURN IN HELL, YOU’RE A RIDICULOUS SUPPORTER OF THE MURDER MAN ZIMMERMAN!!!! 
            WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID IF ZIMMERMAN HAD GUNNED DOWN YOUR SIBLINGS, COUSINS, OR RELATIVES…NOTHING!!! YOU WOULD BE CRYING YOUR EYES OUT, DEMANDING JUSTICE THE SAME WAY!

            ERNIE YOU APPEAR TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF BEING:

            EVIL
            RACIST IN DEGUISE
            NUISANCE
            IGNORANT INDIVIDUAL
            EXECRATION

            SO SHOULD YOU BE MURDERED?!? 

            NO, BUT WHAT IF SOMEONE FELT YOU WERE APPEARING SUSPICIOUS AND MURDERED YOU IN COLD BLOOD FOR WHAT THEY THOUGHT YOU WERE OR WERE DOING?!? 

            HOW WOULD YOU FEEL? 

            WAIT, YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER THAT BECAUSE YOU WOULD BE DEAD!

            SO RESPECT TRAYVON MARTIN AND HIS FAMILY…AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SAY!!!!! AND STOP JUDGING THIS CHILD AND HIS FAMILY!

          • misanthrope

            LOL, there is no such thing as a 5’2″ “man”. Now it makes sense. You’re just a little man with a Napoleon complex and a tiny pecker hung like a grape. Of course you are sticking up for Zimmerman. Little men with tiny little packages need to carry guns and stick together. Georgie is a fat, ugly, tiny, pathetic excuse for a “man”. He used a gun to kill a teenage boy half his age but twice his size. There is nothing worse than little man complex except little white man complex. It’s all about the tiny ween.  LOLOLOLOL 

            Waaaaaaaaaaa for you little man.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

            Right because we know 15 yr olds and 16 yr olds are incapable of violence…the dozens of incidents of black teens attacking random people on the streets, in trains and buses, in shopping malls, total fabrications. 

            Useful idiot

          • JUSTICE4TrayvonMartin

            ALL TEENAGER GIVE THE MIDDLE FINGER JACKASS!!!! MANY ADULT GIVE THE MIDDLE FINGER TOO!!!! YOU HAVE GIVEN IT TOO AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE. AND NOW I AM GIVING TO YOU!!!!!

            BURN IN HELL YOU’RE A RIDICULOUS SUPPORTER OF MURDER MAN ZIMMERMAN!!!! YOU ARE TRYING TO FIND AND GIVE THESE SAD EXCUSES OF WHY TRAYVON WAS AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN MURDERED. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID IF ZIMMERMAN HAD GUNNED DOWN YOUR SIBLING, COUSIN, OR RELATIVE…NOTHING!!! YOU WOULD BE CRYING YOUR EYES OUT, DEMANDING JUSTICE THE SAME WAY!

            LOUIS ARRIGHI YOU APPEAR TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF BEING:

            LAME
            OUTSPOKEN
            UGLY ATTITUDE
            IGNORANT
            SILLY, STUPID, AND SAD

            AN ASSHOLE
            RACIST IN DEGUISE
            RANTING JERK
            IRRITANT
            GRIPE
            HATRED
            INDIVIDUAL

            SO SHOULD YOU BE MURDERED?!? 
            NO, BUT WHAT IF SOMEONE FELT YOU WERE APPEARING SUSPICIOUS AND MURDERED YOU IN COLD BLOOD FOR WHAT THEY THOUGHT YOU WERE OR WERE DOING?!? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL? WAIT, YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER THAT BECAUSE YOU WOULD BE DEAD!

            SO RESPECT TRAYVON MARTIN AND HIS FAMILY…AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SAY!!!!! AND STOP JUDGING THIS CHILD AND HIS FAMILY!

          • SEEKJUSTICE4Trayvon

            ALL TEENAGERS GIVE THE MIDDLE FINGER JACKASS!!!! MANY ADULTS GIVE THE MIDDLE FINGER TOO!!!! YOU HAVE GIVEN IT TOO AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE. AND NOW I AM GIVING TO YOU!!!!!BURN IN HELL, YOU’RE A RIDICULOUS SUPPORTER OF THE MURDER MAN ZIMMERMAN!!!! YOU ARE TRYING TO FIND AND GIVE THESE SAD EXCUSES OF WHY TRAYVON WAS AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN MURDERED. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID IF ZIMMERMAN HAD GUNNED DOWN YOUR SIBLING, COUSIN, OR RELATIVE…NOTHING!!! YOU WOULD BE CRYING YOUR EYES OUT, DEMANDING JUSTICE THE SAME WAY!LOUIS ARRIGHI YOU APPEAR TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF BEING:LAME
            OUTSPOKEN
            UGLY ATTITUDE
            IGNORANT
            SILLY, STUPID, AND SADAN ASSHOLE
            RACIST IN DEGUISE
            RANTING JERK
            IRRITANT
            GRIPE
            HATRED
            INDIVIDUALSO SHOULD YOU BE MURDERED?!? 
            NO, BUT WHAT IF SOMEONE FELT YOU WERE APPEARING SUSPICIOUS AND MURDERED YOU IN COLD BLOOD FOR WHAT THEY THOUGHT YOU WERE OR WERE DOING?!? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL? WAIT, YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER THAT BECAUSE YOU WOULD BE DEAD!SO RESPECT TRAYVON MARTIN AND HIS FAMILY…AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SAY!!!!! AND STOP JUDGING THIS CHILD AND HIS FAMILY!

          • misanthrope

            Louis is a turd burglar and I guarantee he is at home in his underwear sticking his middle finger up his fat ass at this exact moment.  People seriously stop responding to anything this piece of excrement has to say. He is subhuman and doesn’t merit consideration.

          • Daniel Chapman

            You sure you have the right picture?  There seem to be a lot of pictures going around of the wrong kid who ALSO happens to be black.  You know, not paying too much attention to the fact that it’s an entirely different kid.  Or are you unable to tell pictures of one black kid from another?

            The last one I saw managed to have the right name… but the wrong State and age.  That picture was being passed around by a certain white power organization.

            Kind of funny how a lot of racists suddenly are scrambling to prove Zimmerman innocent.

            Do they scramble like this to prove OTHER white people innocent?  When this guy actually goes to trial, will they stick with him til the end as more details actually get released.  OR will they stick their fingers in their ear and ignore the details?

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

            You are gullible as hell. Justice is dealt in a court of LAW not public opinion.

            The difference between the two families is that one is out all over the media and the other is forced to respond to the media persecution. All the while, an investigation IS ONGOING.

        • Louis Arrighi

          there is no such thing as getting suspended for tardiness under No Child Left Behind. the truth is all you hear is Zimmerman did this or that, but we haven’t heard the other side. how come this girl just popped out of nowhere? was she prepped? the truth is if Trayvon attacked this guy becuse we see a pattern, things would make sense. we don’t know Zimmerman followed him after the cops said stop. we don’t know a lot, but we do know that 10 day suspensions and a possible expulsion to Carol City Senior High would explain a lot more about his demeanor and Zimmerman’s claims that he was attacked from behind. people are making conclusions too fast. also, Trayvon was a big 6’3″ kid, not the 11 year old picture the mother is trying to portray. most likely he went upstate because the mom was frustrated with his behavior.

          • http://twitter.com/reneahenry Renea Henry

            she didn’t come out of nowhere. she received medical treatment immediately after the event because of her experiences and her parents had her speak to the family’s attorney as soon as she was emotionally able…and a growth spurt may have brought Trayvon’s height to 6’3, but it does not mean he was ‘a big kid’ or that some loser could follow him and shoot him.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFSYII6XBERACOANZ3VPI2EDVE Louie

            he initially followed him, but to say he followed him after the operator said not to is pure speculation. there will be a day in court for the family and the shooter.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

            at what size are you a “big kid”……I agree, 6’3″ is pint-sized

          • http://itshersunrise.blogspot.com/ Guest

            I never knew Trayvon but he did attend my school and you know what- it does not matter what Tryavons background is, how his image was portrayed, or what he was suspended for, the fact of the matter is he was shot and killed in the middle of the street for “looking suspicous’ aka looking black, by someone who had a criminal record and a history of false alarms, was armed, and had appointed himself to a position as head watchman for an UNOFFICIAL neighborhood watchgroup. Whether Trayvon was an innocent child or convicted felon, under the American justice system, his murderer should be put before a trial by jury just like every other murderer, no matter who he killed. The point is he is dead and the man who killed him is still walking free under claims of ‘self defense” even though he is the one who was pursuing Trayvon. And btw, there are many reasons Trayvon’s death was not mentioned at school, for one thing, Trayvons parents requested it not to. For another thing our students are having a hard enough time dealing with it as it is, the more it is mentioned, the harder it is for a conductive learning environment to be continued or for them to move on from their grief, not to mention students at our school have experienced loss of at least one student every year since I started four years ago and we are trying to move forward from the pain. TRAYVON MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PERFECT, BUT NO ONE IS. OLD, YOUNG, BLACK, WHITE, ELEPHANT, MONKEY, WE ALL DESERVE #JUSTICE. Stop focusing on him and focus on the bigger picture. Can we all just unite to create change? No one should have to die because they “look suspicous,” we all deserve our day in court.

          • Ernie

             ”…the fact of the matter is he was shot and killed in the middle of the street for “looking suspicous’ aka looking black…”

            Uh, wrong. 

            He was shot because he attacked Mr. Zimmerman and was in the process of slamming his head into the concrete.  (This is from eyewitness testimony.)

            You and every other libtard are so uninformed that it is ridiculous.  But, please keep fanning the flames of discontent.  This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to motivate and mobilize Obama’s base for the upcoming election.  First it was Sandra Fluke, but that didn’t get the job done for Bammy, so now it’s Trayvon Martin.

            Unfortunately for Bamster, the DNC and libtards, it ain’t gonna work, Buttercup.  We ain’t buying the shyt you’re selling.

            Ernie

          • No Nonscence

            YOU’RE IGNORANT!!!!! SEEK JESUS! IF NOT BURN IN HELL!

          • Floooob

            Jesus doesn’t exist, negro.

          • NO-NONSENSE

            No matter what you say…THIS IS MY FAMILY MEMBER WHO IS DEAD AND GONE! HE WAS INTELLIGENT HAD PLANS TO ATTEND COLLEGE AND SO MUCH MORE. HE IS NOT BEING PORTRAYED AS BEING INNOCENT. NONE OF US ON THIS EARTH IS INNOCENT…THUS, NO ONE DESERVE TO BE MURDERED FOR NO REASON OR FOR BEING BLACK WHILE WALKING ANY NEIGHBORHOOD. OUR ANCESTOR HELP BUILD THIS COUNTRY!!!! 

            THE POINT IS ZIMMERMAN HAD NO RIGHT TO FOLLOW TRAYVON. HE IS NOT A POLICE OFFICER. HE SHOULD HAVE MADE HIS COMPLAINT IF HE FELT HE HAD TO OR AS HE DID AND WENT ABOUT HIS BUSINESS. THIS IS AMERICA!!!! PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO WEAR AND DRESS AS THEY PLEASE! (NO ONE SHOOTS PEOPLE FOR WAERING GOTHIC CLOTHING). SKITTLES AND ICE TEA IS NOT A WEAPON.  NO ONE GETS SHOT FOR DRINKING COFFEE, RED WINE, OR EATING SOMETHING WALKING ANYWHERE) MORE SO, ZIMMERMAN WANTS TO BE AN AUTHORITY FIGURE AND A HERO, BUT HE’S A MURDER / KILLER / CHILD ABUSER!!!!! IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD, I BET YOU WOULD BE SAYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. TRAYVON’S WITNESS WAS ON THE PHONE WITH TRAYVON AND HEARD IT ALL.
            NEVERTHELESS, ZIMMERMAN IS A GROWN ADULT MALE WHO IS BEING A COWARD FOR NOT TELLING THE TRUTH…HE MURDERED A CHILD, POINT BLANK. IT DO NOT MATTER WHAT TRAYVON HEIGHT AND WEIGHT WAS…IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT HE WAS WEARING (IF HOODIES WERE ILLEGAL THEY WOULD NOT MAKE THEM OR SELL THEM). HE WAS TARGETED UPON RACIAL PROFILING!!!!!MORE SO, TRAYVON IS MY YOUNG COUSIN AND ALL OF YOU TALKING BAD ABOUT HIM DO NOT KNOW HIM!!!YES, HE WAS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF TARDINESS BUT ALSO BECAUSE HE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE ONTIME AFTER A FEW WARNING BUT STILL KEPT WAKING UP LATE! PLUS, A FAMILY FRIEND WHO WORKS FOR THE DADE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SAID HIS RECORDS SHOWS THAT HE HAS NEVER CAUSED ANY PROBLEMS AT SCHOOL, BUT DID NOT ABIDE TO THE WARNING OF BEING ONTIME FOR SCHOOL AND HAD A NONVIOLENT BUT OUTSPOKEN DEBATE WITH ATTENDANCE OFFICE ABOUT NOT COMPLYING TO BEING PUNCTUAL! THIS STILL DOES NOT MEAN HE DESERVED TO DIE. WE ALL ARE OUTSPOKEN AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES; AND YES SOMETIMES BEING OUTSPOKEN TO AN ADULT AS A CHILD IN SCHOOL CAN GET ANYONE SUSPENDED FOR CONDUCT!!!!! MOREOVER, AS FOR YOU ALL WHO ARE TRYING TO JUSTIFY ZIMMERMAN’S ACTIONS, YOU ALL ARE A SAD CASE OF MISUNDERSTANDING WHAT HUMANITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL IS ALL ABOUT.  LET’S SEE HOW YOU FEEL WHEN IF AND WHEN IT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY!!!!MY LAST WORDS ARE THAT GOD/JESUS CHRIST AND LOVE IS MORE POWERFUL THAN HATRED AND IGNORANCE….IT SHOWS THROUGH THE GLOBAL OUTRAGE, NATION’S RESPONSE, THE POLITICAL RESPONSE, THE CELEBRITY RESPONSE, AND COUNTLESS PEOPLE WHO IS STANDING, MARCHING, TWEETING, FACEBOOKING, BLOGGING, AND PROTESTING FOR THE JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN!!!!!!!NO JUSTICE…NO PEACE….AND WE WILL GET JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON IN THE NAME AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST! 

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

            Your shift key is stuck on your keyboard. 

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

            Nope, he got shot because he tried to kick a guy’s a$$ who was following him, not knowing the guy was an armed neighborhood watchman.

            Zimmerman is a prime example why we have concealed carry permits, because you can’t carry a cop around with you. If he hadn’t been armed he might be the one dead.

            When we find out that trayvon was shot at point blank range, all of you are going to look pretty stupid…well you already do, but at that point the only people your stupidity will be fooling is yourselves.

          • ablinecoln

             If you want us to not suspect you, don’t act suspicious.

          • NO-NONSENSE

            No matter what you say…THIS IS MY FAMILY MEMBER WHO IS DEAD AND GONE! HE WAS INTELLIGENT HAD PLANS TO ATTEND COLLEGE AND SO MUCH MORE. HE IS NOT BEING PORTRAYED AS BEING INNOCENT. NONE OF US ON THIS EARTH IS INNOCENT…THUS, NO ONE DESERVE TO BE MURDERED FOR NO REASON OR FOR BEING BLACK WHILE WALKING ANY NEIGHBORHOOD. OUR ANCESTOR HELP BUILD THIS COUNTRY!!!! 

            THE POINT IS ZIMMERMAN HAD NO RIGHT TO FOLLOW TRAYVON. HE IS NOT A POLICE OFFICER. HE SHOULD HAVE MADE HIS COMPLAINT IF HE FELT HE HAD TO OR AS HE DID AND WENT ABOUT HIS BUSINESS. THIS IS AMERICA!!!! PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO WEAR AND DRESS AS THEY PLEASE! (NO ONE SHOOTS PEOPLE FOR WAERING GOTHIC CLOTHING). SKITTLES AND ICE TEA IS NOT A WEAPON.  NO ONE GETS SHOT FOR DRINKING COFFEE, RED WINE, OR EATING SOMETHING WALKING ANYWHERE) MORE SO, ZIMMERMAN WANTS TO BE AN AUTHORITY FIGURE AND A HERO, BUT HE’S A MURDER / KILLER / CHILD ABUSER!!!!! IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD, I BET YOU WOULD BE SAYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. TRAYVON’S WITNESS WAS ON THE PHONE WITH TRAYVON AND HEARD IT ALL.
            NEVERTHELESS, ZIMMERMAN IS A GROWN ADULT MALE WHO IS BEING A COWARD FOR NOT TELLING THE TRUTH…HE MURDERED A CHILD, POINT BLANK. IT DO NOT MATTER WHAT TRAYVON HEIGHT AND WEIGHT WAS…IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT HE WAS WEARING (IF HOODIES WERE ILLEGAL THEY WOULD NOT MAKE THEM OR SELL THEM). HE WAS TARGETED UPON RACIAL PROFILING!!!!!MORE SO, TRAYVON IS MY YOUNG COUSIN AND ALL OF YOU TALKING BAD ABOUT HIM DO NOT KNOW HIM!!!YES, HE WAS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF TARDINESS BUT ALSO BECAUSE HE WAS SUPPOSE TO BE ONTIME AFTER A FEW WARNING BUT STILL KEPT WAKING UP LATE! PLUS, A FAMILY FRIEND WHO WORKS FOR THE DADE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SAID HIS RECORDS SHOWS THAT HE HAS NEVER CAUSED ANY PROBLEMS AT SCHOOL, BUT DID NOT ABIDE TO THE WARNING OF BEING ONTIME FOR SCHOOL AND HAD A NONVIOLENT BUT OUTSPOKEN DEBATE WITH ATTENDANCE OFFICE ABOUT NOT COMPLYING TO BEING PUNCTUAL! THIS STILL DOES NOT MEAN HE DESERVED TO DIE. WE ALL ARE OUTSPOKEN AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES; AND YES SOMETIMES BEING OUTSPOKEN TO AN ADULT AS A CHILD IN SCHOOL CAN GET ANYONE SUSPENDED FOR CONDUCT!!!!! MOREOVER, AS FOR YOU ALL WHO ARE TRYING TO JUSTIFY ZIMMERMAN’S ACTIONS, YOU ALL ARE A SAD CASE OF MISUNDERSTANDING WHAT HUMANITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL IS ALL ABOUT.  LET’S SEE HOW YOU FEEL WHEN IF AND WHEN IT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY!!!!MY LAST WORDS ARE THAT GOD/JESUS CHRIST AND LOVE IS MORE POWERFUL THAN HATRED AND IGNORANCE….IT SHOWS THROUGH THE GLOBAL OUTRAGE, NATION’S RESPONSE, THE POLITICAL RESPONSE, THE CELEBRITY RESPONSE, AND COUNTLESS PEOPLE WHO IS STANDING, MARCHING, TWEETING, FACEBOOKING, BLOGGING, AND PROTESTING FOR THE JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN!!!!!!!NO JUSTICE…NO PEACE….AND WE WILL GET JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON IN THE NAME AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST! 

          • SEEKJUSTICE4TRAYVON

            EVIL JERK LOUIS ARRIGHI

            TRAYVON DID NOT ATTEND CAROL CITY SENIOR HIGH. KNOW YOUR FACTS. HE ACTUALLY WENT TO VISIT HIS FATHER AFTER HIS BIRTHDAY TO SPEND SOME MORE TIME WITH HIM.

            BY THE WAY THE ENTIRE CAROL CITY HIGH SCHOOL AND MANY OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS IN MIAMI GARDENS, FL (WHERE TRAYVON IS FROM) AND OTHER SCHOOLS IN MIAMI SHOWED LOVE FOR TRAYVON…ALL THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY MEMBERS WALKED OUT TODAY TO PROTEST THE DEMANDING ARREST OF KILLER MURDER-MAN ZIMMERMAN’S ARREST! 

            SO WE ALL KNOW AND FEEL YOUR HATRED ILL-SPIRITED BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER/FATHER/ FAMILY IS GUILTY! 

            WE WILL GET JUSTICE EVIL JERK….THIS IS NOT THE 1900s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s…this is 2012 and WE ALL WITH HUMAN HEARTS OF ALL RACES WILL FIGHT UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERED FOR TRAYVON MARTIN AND UNTIL ZIMMERMAN IS ARRESTED AND SENTENCED FOR MURDER!!!! GROW UP IGNORANT IT … BECAUSE YOU CANNOT BE A HUMAN ACTING THIS WAY. I CANNOT EVEN CONSIDER AN ANIMAL BECAUSE EVEN THEY HAVE HEARTS AND COMPASSION!!!!!!!!!!

          • SEEKJUSTICE4TRAYVONMARTIN

            EVIL JERK LOUIS ARRIGHITRAYVON DID NOT ATTEND CAROL CITY SENIOR HIGH. KNOW YOUR FACTS. HE ACTUALLY WENT TO VISIT HIS FATHER AFTER HIS BIRTHDAY TO SPEND SOME MORE TIME WITH HIM.
            BY THE WAY THE ENTIRE CAROL CITY HIGH SCHOOL AND MANY OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS IN MIAMI GARDENS, FL (WHERE TRAYVON IS FROM) AND OTHER SCHOOLS IN MIAMI SHOWED LOVE FOR TRAYVON…ALL THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY MEMBERS WALKED OUT TODAY TO PROTEST THE DEMANDING ARREST OF KILLER MURDER-MAN ZIMMERMAN’S ARREST! 
            SO WE ALL KNOW AND FEEL YOUR HATRED ILL-SPIRITED BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER/FATHER/ FAMILY IS GUILTY! 
            WE WILL GET JUSTICE EVIL JERK….THIS IS NOT THE 1900s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s…this is 2012 and WE ALL WITH HUMAN HEARTS OF ALL RACES WILL FIGHT UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED FOR TRAYVON MARTIN AND UNTIL ZIMMERMAN IS ARRESTED AND SENTENCED FOR MURDER!!!! GROW UP IGNORANT IT … BECAUSE YOU CANNOT BE A HUMAN ACTING THIS WAY. I CANNOT EVEN CONSIDER AN ANIMAL BECAUSE EVEN THEY HAVE HEARTS AND COMPASSION!!!!!!!!!!
            THE RACIST MURDERS MAY HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH THE MURDER OF EMMIT TILL BUT THE RACIST MURDER ZIMMERMAN WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH MURDERING TRAYVON MARTIN!!!!  

          • Floooob

             I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!!!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

            Looks like justice got served actually. You attack an armed man instead of asking him why he is following you, and you get shot.

            Textbook case supporting the use of concealed carry permits.

    • Green Diva

      jay-However you need to justify him being killed in your mind is good for you. Google “defense mechanisms” and I’ll leave it at that.
      *silently wonders if being late to work will result in me being trailed home and shot to death on front lawn*

      • jayhawk85

        jesus i said i think that it was UNJUSTIFIED. how many times do i have to say it.

        • Ernie

           Probably until the day you die. 

          The culture of victim-hood requires that the “black community” (a.k.a.: the victims) ignore everything you say, even when you agree with them.

          The moment they open their mouths, they shut their ears.  So don’t waste your time trying to reason with unreasonable people. 

          JMHO

          • LOL@RacistsPricks

            Your LOL Hilarious!! I guess Black people are supposed to CARE what you have to say LOL Lol LOL Im Sooo Thankful to be living in 2012 where so many Caucasians feel Nothing like you!! I Love All races and they Love me back!! If I were you I’d Hate me too Lol You, Louie the Reject and “Floop” are all just bitter, little dick Losers! You’re just angry because some Black dude been banging your wives LMAO HAhahahaha. You calling Trayvon a “thug” but yet you’re on the INTERNET talking BIG shit that we All know you would Never muffle in our face SCARY ass. While you’re online being the demon you are, you’re old lady getting SERVED by Tyrone LAMES LOL

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

        goggle “useful idiot”

    • Whatacutie34

      JayHawk85….Don’t you get it the same rules don’t apply to black people.  My son was written up on a level 2 referral for wetting the floor in 2nd grade after the teacher made him hold his urine.  I am an educated black woman who had that sh*t cancelled!  Regardless of why he was suspended….he didn’t deserve to be hunted down and shot like an anaimal because he was simply walking through a neighborhood.  Close your mouth until you learn the facts!  Zimmerman is a racist and it is indicated by the 911 recording and his behavior.  He is going to bust he*l wide open !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • jayhawk85

        i said i think Zimmerman SHOULD be charged. why dont you read my comment in full instead of telling me to “close my mouth”. goodness.

      • Louis Arrighi

        that’s a lie!

      • Ernie

         ”I am an educated black woman…”

        Well golly gee willackers!  You’re an edumacated black woman?   Wow.  Didn’t realize black people could read and write.  You should be so proud of yourself.  Hell, can you walk and chew gum at the same time, too?  /sarc

        What an idiot. What the hell does being “an educated black woman” have to do with this particular story?  Where did you get your degree from, FAU?

         (Loved your Youtube video.  And just so you know, peacocks and evolution have nothing to do with black people being killed.  No go take you meds and get back in bed because you need your rest.)

        ***sigh***

        • No Nonscence

          YOU’RE IGNORANT!!!!! SEEK JESUS! IF NOT BURN IN HELL!

          • Floooob

             Jeebus does not exist

        • Misanthrope

          “no go take you meds”- They let retards use computers these days?

          “***sigh***” <—- Queen. Go back to blowing Bert, Ernie.

      • DM

         Ya know, I’d be inclined to agree with you if you didn’t sound like a fukkin hoodrat. Seriously, what kind of self-respecting educated woman has a name like “whatacutie34″? Go grow up and realize that your interpretation of the world may be based on fact, but that you have indeed gone off the deep end a bit here.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

      You are a racist hatemonger. How dare you suggest that the black victim of a shooting by someone we originally thought was white because his name was Zimmerman but it turns out he is hispanic and multi-ethnic but we dont care because he looks white enough and his name is still white-sounding…how dare you suggest that this angel-baby-choirboy-child might have actually been anything but. Dont you know that only angels drink tea and eat skittles?! HE LOVED SKITTLES!! Only a racist like you would bring up the fact that witness saw him beating Zimmerman whiel Zimmerman was on the ground flat on his back and that maybe he was currently suspended from school for similar behavior.

      Our country will never heal if racists like you continue to insist we disregard our prepackaged biases and lies that the media and apologists for bad behavior push onto us.

      How can we ever heal??

  • Evinsonb

    uuumm i go to the school and  he got suspended for his tardiness (more then one tardi). are school is very anal on coming on time

    • Louis Arrighi

      that’s impossible. it’s extremely difficult for a teacher to get a student suspended. even for one day, a teacher must fill out a Behavior Intervention Plan plus a Functional Assessment of Behavior. that’s about 8 papers, plus the parent must be involved with sitting down with the teacher. there are serious repercussions for schools that suspend too much. there is a policy that must be followed and is stated in the Code of Student Conduct. I’ve spoken with many M-DCPS teachers, and all of them said there is no way . the tardiness claim is false. if the school didn’t follow the plan laid out by the district, they could have serious consequences and the state would also intervene.

      • Samsara13

        I am a special education teacher (13 yrs). I do not know where you got your sketchy information on the use of BIPs and FUBAs but you seem to be missing  some valuable information and you seem to be deliberately trying to sound as if you are an authority and it is obvious you are not. That FUBA is about 8 papers that include data from about 8 observations and interviews of child, parents and other teachers across settings…by the time a teacher used it the way you indicate the offense and discipline would never be immediately or internally connected. Most of you all are in for a rude awakening…all excuses that are used to ignore racism and simultaneously to paint a victim as “deserving” of violence” is going to be “UNACCEPTABLE”. The boil in this society is about to burst.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

          No one is looking for an excuse for anything, People are just sick of the media mis-representing certain classes of “victims” as something they are not. If you can’t see the obvious propaganda in this case you are willfully blind. The only people bringing race into this are those race-baiters within the black community and the media who stand to benefit the most by stirring people up.

          How many times are you people going to be taken in by a media complex that has proven itself incompetent and dishonest on so many levels so many times over and over again?

      • Sgreen586

        A Functional Behavior Assessment for 10 day suspension is required only for ESE students, not general ed. Yes, you can get suspended for being tardy in high school. I work every day in the Fla. School system writing FBA’s. What no one is pointing out is if it was a 10 day total suspension or 10 days at one time.  No matter what, being suspended from school does not somehow justify getting killed. By the way, it’s not as hard as you think to get a student suspended. Kids get suspended sometimes for really stupid stuff.

    • Ernie

       Really?  You go to school?

      Well, if that’s true, why the hell can’t you spell correctly?  (i.e.: “are” should be “Our”)

      ***sigh***

      • Sujag92

         Actually Ernie, if you are trying to correct someone you should have noted that “are” is spelled correctly. However it was used in the wrong context. The correct word that should have been used is “our” as you stated. Before correcting someone it would be wise to ensure that what you are stating is factual. In your statement, you were incorrect in that the word used was spelled correctly. Not only that, you are ignoring the contents of the case and attacking a commenter. Get a life!

      • truthsayer

        Ernie, you must have been tardy or truant the day your school taught the difference between exempli gratia (e.g) and id est (i.e.). Fear not, I’ll clarify. You would use “e.g.” instead of “i.e.” in your inane example above. Whereas, ”Ernie spends his time on message boards spewing ignorant racist venom (i.e. disparaging and inciting the embattled black community after a senseless child slaying).” illustrates the proper use of “i.e”.  In the future, you should avoid posting statements like the one above. In addition to revealing your unfortunate lack of formal education and proper breeding, they undermine the profundity of your bias attacks. 

    • Floooob

       horse shit

  • VRSmith305

    I called the Michael M. Krop School today and questioned the principal (who is white) on whether she provided grief counseling to the students regarding Trayvon Martin’s death and she “yes”.  I told her that it’s beng reported that no grief counseling has taken place.  She stated, “That’s incorrect!”.  I replied , “It better be incorrect because if I find out you have failed to provide grief counseling….I am going to contact the media!”

    • Krop School Hero

      I’m sorry to say, but SOO many people are uninformed ignorant morons. Everyone is believing EVERYTHING the media is saying. I actually GO to this school and I am happy to tell you that several teachers have made announcements in class saying that if anyone has any problems, they are encouraged to see one of the many counselors we have on campus. Our principal even said during our moment of silence (which was made before this article was written, obviously) that if anyone had any problems to go to the counselors. Our school is going through a hard time. We have reporters outside our school, rumors going around and that is how the media receives this false information!! I’m sorry some people in my school cannot shut their mouth, and they are actually disrespecting the family’s wishes to not publicize anything. The media only reports the bad things about our school. I never hear about how HUNDREDS of students wore hoodies, brought iced tea and skittles to school in memory of Trayvon. You never hear about how OUR principal who is being looked at as a bad person, and administration encouraged the remembrances, or how they attended the funeral for Trayvon. Please people, get your facts straight before you talk bad about our school.

      I really hope the media can see this comment I’m writing because it’s really bringing the overall attitude of our school down. A fellow classmate was wrongfully gunned down, and it’s taking a toll on all of us. So please, do not make accusations without knowing the facts. Thank You.

      • StateImpactJOC

        Krop School Hero,

        Thanks for the comments. We appreciate you letting us know what’s going on in your classrooms. I’ll be sure to highlight your comments. If you have any information to pass along, please get in touch with us: joconnor@stateimpact.org.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

          Maybe practice some competency in your profession and get your facts straight BEFORE you put your half-assed “story” out there in the public sphere. 

          Just a thought

      • Fineprincessj

        Thank you! This is wonderful coming from an ACTUAL student! As a proud Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High School Alumni and having a child currently attending, I’m very proud of this comment. And in knowing what actually goes on in the school and reading about what people THINK they know, but have no clue about, is very upsetting! Yes, certain policies should be reviewed and changed, no one is denying that, but what school and/or other corporation, business, etc. worldwide doesn’t have issues to correct? Our school is The top High School in MDCS and 1 of the top schools across the country; academically, athletically, and in all other aspects.
        I, too have questioned the act of administration but, personally knowing the Principal for many years, I know she has been dealing with this tragic event the best way possible. Like Krop School Hero has stated, not only has she been harrassed but the students as well.
        Sincerely, my heart goes out to Travyon’s family and friends! Justice needs to be served and may this little boy finally rest in peace.

    • Jamesr110

       Well aren’t you special…what a moron

  • Whitelight010

    Trayvon’s teachers described him as a “happy A/B student.”  We can harp on his suspension all day and all night but what does that have to do with him being gunned down by a lunatic?  Why do some people automatically get on the defensive anytime a man of color is gunned down?  Why do they feel they have to defend the side of the accused? Do they really believe that there are NO good/ innocent people of color walking around? That is very, very scary to me.  That is the exact reason this young man was murdered in cold blood.  The same line of thinking that I see some of you sharing.  A line of thought passed down from generation to generation.  A line of thought that is so far from the truth but you can’t tell them that because they know it all. Right? They honestly, in their heart of heart’s believe it’s true and look at them defending their position. Sad. America has loss a fine young man.  

    Please…speak up if you were a perfect child. Speak up if you never got in trouble in school.  I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t.  Do you deserve to die for it? Being tardy to school is extremely minor on a large scale.  Louis Arrighi, Louie and whomever else decides to smear this kids name, you are certainly NOT perfect.  How dare you defend such a heinous act? If someone killed you in cold blood, I would surly defend your honor despite your imperfections. We can find a million reasons for why you are a bad person but if it has absolutely nothing to do with why someone took you away from your family then it is irrelevant. Do not feel compelled to take the side of an evil/hateful individual. i don’t care what you were raised to believe.  It makes everyone perceve that you, my friends, are equally as evil and hateful.  We are trying to get away from that in this country. 

    On another note, I am disgusted with the inaction of the school.  The powers that be are showing the community their true colors. I hurt for them all. 

    VRSmith305, I am proud of you.  I thought to do the exact same thing.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GMVNIWLQOW3JGQTAFJOKXYMXOQ bucketstealer

      I never ran away from a neighborhood watchman, or any stranger at 7pm in the evening, who then pursued me until I got to my home and rather than ask him what his problem was, I then jumped him, and beat him as he lay on the ground.

      But then again, I must be racist, pretty low standard

  • Whitelight010

    Sorry for the spelling error. I meant to say “perceive”. You guys be blessed.

    • Jay4534

      I can’t understand the confusion here over the relevancy of his school discipline record.  What has happened in this country is that minorities play the race card at the drop of a hat in order to win any conflict with white person or organization.  This has led to some, not all, minorities feeling like they are above reproach regardless of their behavior.  I can easily see that this kid was sent to his father’s house because he was kicked out of school for violent behavior.  Then he was confronted by a stranger and rather than act like a normal child when confronted by an adult, he bowed up and acted like a “thug” as the kids say.  He might have gone so far as to throw something or hit Zimmerman which would explain the shooting and the bloody nose.  What bothers me is that he looks like a little kid in the photos.  He doesn’t look 17 and that is fishy to me. If he was a quiet kid and those are current photos, I could have subdued him without shooting him even if he got a lucky punch in and bloodied my nose.  So for Zimmerman to have shot him, he was either legitimately scared or he is a complete nutcase in which case, I would think there would be a history of instability.  Given the media bias in favor of Trayvon, suspect the media would have dug up previous mental records or documentation on incidents with Zimmermen if there were any to be had.  I want to see a photo of this kid from the last three months and I want to see his disciplinary record.  I also want to see Zimmerman’s police history and record.  He was a legal concealed weapon permit holder.  Statistically, a CHL holder is one of the most law abiding citizens in a community. It doesn’t prove he was in the right for the shooting, but I think we need to let the process of the investigation play out and hear the facts before passing too much judgement.  It’s pretty biased to keep ranting about a “child” being murdered until we know just how much of a “child” this kid really was and what the real circumstances were surrounding the shooting. I know lots of 17 year olds that would be treated as adults by most people if they were acting in a threatening way because of their size and attitude.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandy-Goforth/100001125185321 Sandy Goforth

    Public union employees run the school.

    Scot Walker is right about them.

    Justice for Trayvon! Whats Obama’s DOJ waiting for? They have had the case 3 days now!

    • Ernie

      “What’s Obama’s DOJ waiting for?  They have had the case 3 days now!”

      They are in the process of determining whether or not it is politically beneficial for the Bamster’s re-election campaign before taking any action.  They thought they had a winner with Sandra Fluke, but that ain’t working out very well for them at present.  So, now they are pushing the Trayvon Martin story and waiting to see if it has any legs.

      Wag the dog.

      ***sigh***

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5ZYLZUNMP652E25WCHMIIWUUHM Gary

    that makes sense 10 day suspension for not going to school. probably working on his career!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFSYII6XBERACOANZ3VPI2EDVE Louie

    and yes, Trayvon was late to school many times, and has a ton of unexcused absences. the law is the law though and has strict guidelines. what about all the unexcused absences? who was the victim for his violent crimes the times he was suspended for 10 days? it wasn’t just one time, and must be investigated.

  • Harveysteinbeck

    I am the parent of 2 minority children who go to Krop High School. Trayvon was in my older child’s grade and in some of his classes in middle school. My child said he was a quiet boy. It is terrible to loose him, and sickening that the neighborhood watch executed him and has not been charged.  Our school may have problems but the students have been offered grief counseling. The principal is a good one. It does not matter why he was suspended, that is not what killed him.

  • StateImpactJOC

    Folks,

    I’ve had to delete a few comments that violated some of our rules here.

    We appreciate the commentary. We value your opinions. And we want you to keep reading and keep posting about these stories.

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  • anon

     http://schoolsites.schoolworld.com/schools/Hialeah/files/525312/tardy%20to%20school%20notice.pdf

    Everyone who is saying he couldn’t have been suspended for 5 days for tardiness needs to do some research.  This is from a different high school, but I’m sure it isn’t the only one. 

  • http://twitter.com/deeboughton Dee Broughton

    gm all lets join in to support Trayvon Martin’s parents fight/request for justice to have his killer (at the very least charged and arrested) brought before a grand jury to determine the outcome of this tragic situation. We all have a son, daughter, brother, sister, nephew, niece, friend from high schoo…l, co-worker’s child, or even you and I, that look like and/or dress like Trayvon did the night of his death – this could have easily been our fight/request for justice. Does it matter weather it was racially motivated or not? Yes it does, but what matters even more is what’s right or wrong, that it is the right thing to do to charge and arrest Zimmerman and let a jury decide his fate. Please change your profile picture to a photo of Trayvon to show your support for Trayvon and his parents. Do your part to help right a wrong. We post this and that on our page; if there was ever a reason to change your profile picture to someone other than your own, this is truly the time. Also ask your friends to do the same. I will thank you in advance for Travyon and his parents, I know they want and appreciate your support in their efforts.

  • Jamesr110

    There is no way anyone was suspended for 5 or more days for being tardy. At the very least theft…more likely violence or threats.  Schools don’t care what color you are…they do care how you were raised and how you act and that you NOT keep others from learning.  And generally you do not assault people and break their nose and cut their heads and then keep beating them.

  • Justice for ALL!

    I work at an elementary school in Broward County, FL (south Florida) & the school is located less than 30 minutes from Krop. People are correct with statement that we don’t know what happened because we weren’t there. So with that being said, it is possible he may have been suspended for excessive tardies. I state that being a school district employee since I’ve had a student who was suspended externally for 27 days. Please keep in mind that this was an elementary student, and none of the behaviors were for fighting. The student was labeled a “problem” child so the school wanted to get rid of the student and unfairly suspended the student MOST occasions. Working as a school official I want to say they I have noticed other school employees MAY OR MAY NOT follow the district rules/guidelines for behavior. Sometimes students are treated unfairly, and just given excessive suspensions because the administrators can! So all that No Child Left Behind stuff was crap & because it’s not in the Miami-Dade school guidelines is questionable as well since NOT ALL school officials follow the rules. Anyways whatever happened DOESN’T excuse Zimmerman’s behavior/non-arrest. If he was arrested & then let go that’s fair because it was at least investigated. Not being arrested is absurd, & if Trayvon is “thug” so is Zimmerman because he has been arrested a few times since he moved to Florida in the mid 2000s.

    • THEIFAM

      I agree with you 100%.  The Zimmerman Loyalists are spinning the suspensions to claim that there is a cover up as to Mr. Martin’s behavioral problems.  Is there a specific reference to policies/guidelines covering suspensions at Miami-Dade Secondary Schools?  I haven’t been able to find one?   If so could you reply with the link.  Thank you.

    • THEIFAM

      I found the code of conduct thank you.

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