Suspensions from school that involve drugs and “burglary tools” are now being brought into the Trayvon Martin murder case to further complex the situation and show Martin’s character:
Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old from Miami Gardens who was out of school because of a drug-related suspension, was shot Feb. 26 in his father’s gated community by Zimmerman, whose mother is Hispanic and father is white. Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch member suspicious because of recent burglaries, has claimed self-defense and hasn’t been arrested. The situation has prompted rallies across the nation and, residents say, fractured this city of 54,000 about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Orlando.
Zimmerman, 28, remains in hiding because of death threats. Acting Sanford Police Chief Darren Scott urged patience for those who prefer a “quick and positive resolution in this tragic event.” “We do have a system in place, a legal system,” he said at a press conference yesterday. “It may not be perfect, but it’s the only one we have.”
Details of Martin’s and Zimmerman’s pasts have emerged that lend complexity to their characters. Ryan Julison, a Martin family spokesman, said yesterday that the teenager was in Sanford because he was suspended from school last month for having a baggie that contained marijuana residue in his book bag. The family believes the suspension had nothing to do with the killing, he said.
In October, Martin was suspended from school after being found with jewelry and a screwdriver that a security staffer described as a ‘‘burglary tool,” the Miami Herald reported. He was searched after being caught writing graffiti, the newspaper reported. Martin said a friend gave him the jewelry, according to the report. He wasn’t disciplined because of the discovery, but was suspended for graffiti, according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by the Herald. A lawyer for the family, Ben Crump, told the newspaper that Martin’s parents knew nothing of the jewelry, that he didn’t believe the incident occurred and that in any event it is “irrelevant.”
Regardless of such, do you believe that Trayvon’s previous suspensions have anything to do with why he was killed??
Photos of Trayvon below: