Students March for Trayvon

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Quincy, Fl--3/30/12

Middle schoolers are "Standing Up with Their Pants Up for Trayvon Martin." Here's details on the youth-organized demonstration. It's all in honor of the Florida teen who was killed last month.

140 Quincy middle-schoolers want justice for Trayvon Martin. A group of 8th grade boys spearheaded a silent march.

"Those young men came to me and said this is what we want to do and I fully supported it," said Crossroad Academy Principal Kevin Forehand,

The students marched around the Gadsden County Courthouse carrying posters, skittles and iced tea Friday at noon.

"Peace and justice for Trayvon Martin. Just because you see the color of our skin it doesn't show you what's within," said student Jahiya Haywood.

Students were excused from morning classes. Teachers say this march is a valuable lesson that won't be found on the F-CAT.

"It's okay to stand up for what you believe in, in a peaceful structured way," said teacher Erinn Daniels.

Crossroad Academy's 8th grade students named their rally "Pants up While We Stand Up for Trayvon Martin."

They are encouraging teens to pull their pants up...but say they shouldn't be judged if they don't.

The students say it's just another stereotype like the hoodie Trayvon was last seen wearing.

"It's about all young men and the stereotypes and racial profiling and injustices," said Forehand.

They say the courthouse is a relevant location because the demonstrators all want justice.

Crossroad Academy administrators have loosened the school dress code so that students can wear hoodies inside the classroom.


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