Hundreds of Carol City High School students walked out of class Thursday, a protest of the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and the subsequent police investigation, CBS 4 in Miami reports.
The walkout happened about 12:30. Students in other Florida schools have worn “hoodies” as a sign of solidarity. Martin was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he was shot and killed Feb. 26 by a volunteer neighborhood watchman in Sanford.
Martin lived in Miami Gardens and attended Carol City High School his freshman and sophomore years, the station reported.
Protests are scheduled across the country today, including one in Sanford expected to draw thousands. Organizers are pushing police to arrest Martin’s shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman.
Drivers in the area were stunned as hundreds of students filled the streets and sidewalks. The walkout brought traffic to a standstill until the teenagers passed.
According to Miami Gardens police, the school principal sanctioned an on-campus peaceful demonstration to take place on the school field. However, some of the students left campus. Police say they are ensuring the safety of the students and not taking any police action.
Trayvon, who lived in Miami Gardens, was killed Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer while walking through a Sanford gated community, returning from a candy run to a 7-Eleven. The volunteer, George Zimmerman, 28, said he acted in self-defense after Martin attacked him.