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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  • by Justice for Zimmerman on Apr 8, 2012 at 06:47 AM
    You will recall the incident of the beating of the black homeless man Sherman Ware on December 4, 2010 by the son of a Sanford police officer. The beating sparked outrage in the community but there were very few that stepped up to do anything about it. … Do you know the individual who stepped up when no one else in the black community would? Do you know who spent tireless hours putting flyers on the cars of persons parked in the churches of the black community? Do you know who waited for the church-goers to get out of church so that he could hand them flyers in an attempt to organize the black community against this horrible miscarriage of justice? Do you know who helped organize the City Hall meeting on January 8, 2011 at Sanford City Hall?? That person was GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. Ironic isn’t it?
  • by JUSTICE FOR ZIMMERMAN on Apr 4, 2012 at 05:49 AM
    The truth commes out. NBC rigged the 911 tape. Video shows Zimmermans head ... pure and simple....self defense against a thug.
  • by God bless America on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    Common sense should be used..but seems to be a lack of it, It's a useless march. Students going against the system, inciting trouble. It's a shame people can't wait for the law to finish. They have to take it upon themselves to prosecute a person who hasn't benn proven guilty. That id not free speech. That is hate speech.
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      by Clear Conscience on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM in reply to God bless America
      If one have the right to assemble peacefully and one does so, How is that going against the system?? Inciting trouble... form exercising a right? America is Blessed that why we are able to conduct these demonstrations. Last time I checked Sandford is almost 4 hours from Quincy,,,,How was this effecting this case. How were these kids procecuting Zimmerman? No one is procecuting Z. (last time i checked). An what part was hate speech?
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        by God bless America on Apr 4, 2012 at 05:47 AM in reply to Clear Conscience
        We are a system of laws. Not people runnung amoke hanging people. Just like the old south used to be. You have a clear concience because you have a empty brain. Yes, America is blessed, but you have looney tunes who abuse the system.
  • by JCB Location: Quincy, FL on Apr 2, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    These students are exercising their first amendment right to free speech and the right to organize. Also, more and more evidence is unfolded everyday proving Zimmerman stalked, harassed, assaulted (listen to the 3rd party 911 call verified by experts of Trayvon screaming for help) and shot Trayvon Martin. There are protests everyday for many causes so why are people so intolerant of this one. I recall a particular protest that went on for a whole month before they knew what they were protesting and called it o***py. It's not fair or reasonable to demand people to just grab Their ankles and take it. I respect these students for standing up for what they believe in. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE STATION THEN CHANGE THE CHANNEL. Btw you're showing your true colors.
  • by Anon on Apr 2, 2012 at 04:12 PM
    Is a Mexican considered a "white hispanic"? Gerry? Just wondering.
  • by Mercedes Location: Midway on Apr 2, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    I belive what MY school,CROSSROAD ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL did was not racial at all towards George zimmerman we as a whole want justice for trayvon martin and i believe that an individual who is wearing a hoodie should not be judged upon and shot.All you who disagree think about if you were wearing a hoodie and someone shot you because they thought you were harmful. JUSTICE NEEDS TO BE SERVED AND GEORGE NEEDS TO BE WHERE HE BELONGS.... JAIL
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:16 PM in reply to Mercedes
      Zimmerman didn't shoot him because he was wearing a hoodie. He shot him because because he was on top of him, beating his head into a concrete sidewalk.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 09:35 PM in reply to Mercedes
      Please don't take this the wrong way, but everyone would take your comments more seriously if you would use correct grammar. Double check your spelling, capitalize proper nouns, and try to avoid run-on sentences. Just a thought. (Hope I didn't make any errors in this post.)
  • by Shameful Location: TallyLo on Apr 2, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    That's right, teach them street justice, the principle ought to be fired today! I demand it!! I will send this link to a National Media station if not!! Can you say Bill O’Reilly? He’s looking for just this sought of thing
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      by Citizen on Apr 2, 2012 at 04:28 PM in reply to Shameful
      Shameful, u really are shameful.FSU, HBCU's, NCLC, and hundreds of other organizations, UF, SGA's from all colleges and universities will be marching on Wednesday. I guess u will really freak out then HUH?
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        by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:23 PM in reply to Citizen
        If all the lemmings in the world marched into the ocean, it still wouldn't mean they were right.
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          by Citizen on Apr 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM in reply to
          OK! What are you saying now since the 911 tapes and the tapes of Zimmerman after the shooting have been released and analyzed? HUH!
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          by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:36 PM in reply to
          I'm now saying the exact same thing I was saying yesterday, last week, last year, and will be saying next year. We are a nation of laws. We abide by and follow the laws that our country was built upon. Due process, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, a fair trial by a jury of our peers, are all basic and long standing rights in the U.S. The media and the politicians, and yes, the public, have all handled this situation poorly. Politicians using this as a means to gain political points and push their pet agendas. The news media pushing their own agendas by stirring up turmoil, bitterness, and hatred, all in an attempt to gain a point in the ratings. The public taking every bit of gossip as if it were indisputable fact, and working itself into a mob frenzy. This is not the way it's done in America. The 911 tapes you referenced are a good example. The news media has taken on the job of law enforcement, by hiring their own "experts" to come in and analyze the tapes, and then announcing their findings to the salivating public. That's law enforcement's responsibility. So yes, I maintain my stance, that the court of public opinion, no matter how many participants, no matter how loud and verbose, still doesn't mean that they are right.
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      by Clear Conscience on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:26 PM in reply to Shameful
      How is this street justice. Citizens have the right to gather peacefully to represent a cause. You don't have to be in favor of that cause. Rally for your own cause if you feel the need to. Im sure you would want the same respect
  • by Unreal on Apr 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    If you are out there marching for Trayvon Martin, what you are in effect saying is that you don't care about facts, evidence, or eyewitness statements. You are judging Zimmerman GUILTY and the only acceptable outcome is the one you DEMAND. I cannot tell you how ignorant and un-American that mindset is.
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      by Clear Conscience on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM in reply to Unreal
      Unreal, you are really... unreal. marching just says that people are exercising their right. I think you are reading too deep....really
  • by Jessica on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:34 AM
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to Jessica
      Did you type something? *See 'Caps Lock' button on left side of keyboard*
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 02:16 PM in reply to Jessica
      Why is the Gadsden school administration teaching these children to make such bold statements(MARCHING/PROTESTING) without considering all facts of the incident? These are the actions of the media,taking sides without due process and without pertinent information known only to law enforcement and eye witnesses at this time.Gadsden county schools are teaching irresponsibility.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:42 PM in reply to Jessica
      Zimmerman had an injury to his head. He was seen being attacked by an over 6 foot tall football player by an eyewitness who was interviewed on a Miami website. Deal with reality, remember that people like Zimmerman are innocent until proven quilty and grow up Jessica.
  • by Parent on Apr 1, 2012 at 03:38 PM
    First of all the students wanted to do this. They didn't miss class time. It was during lunch. But once again the simple minded racist of good ol' Gadsden county wouldn't think so. The freedom of speech and to assemble was the lesson here. It's their right although some Whites in this county don't think so. GREAT JOB STUDENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Grace on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:24 AM in reply to Parent
      From the article: "Students were excused from morning classes. " Not only did the students miss classes, the administration of the school also decided to alter the dress code now to allow hoodies in class. Why on earth do that?? Everyone knows that criminals use hoodies to disguise their identity, and unfortunately certain segments of society have chosen to emulate that to glorify thuggish behavior. Why is being a thug an admired thing? That's the real issue. In the meantime, this principal is dumbing down their standards to pacify these students. That is the opposite of the function of school, and these administrators should be disciplined or fired.
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        by jcb on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:06 PM in reply to Grace
        I have a FSU hoodie. Does that make me a thug?
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          by Grace on Apr 3, 2012 at 07:08 AM in reply to jcb
          If you have the hood up in 80 degree weather, maybe. At the very least you're emulating criminal activity which is puzzling.
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        by JCB on Apr 3, 2012 at 04:23 PM in reply to Grace
        You're a joke. Keep digging. You may just find something worth saying. Next time it rains, don't cover your head because you'll be emulating criminal behavior.
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        by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:47 PM in reply to Grace
        Just because you wear a hoodie doesn't mean your a criminal or thug when you think that your just racial profiling someone.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:28 AM in reply to Parent
      Great job for what? Forming a mob that jumps to conclusions based on improper information perpetuated by the media? For not allowing the legal system to run its course? Wait until one of these students is accused of something! Will you promote their public lynching?
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        by Clear Conscience on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM in reply to
        Why would you consider the children a mob? A person has the wright the have thier own opinion and support it. If you did not think so I don't think you would be blogging. Same concept, just electronic. And who stopped the legal system??? Where did you get this from? was it discussed at one of your mob meetings?
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