Miami Heat Trayvon Martin
March 24, 2012 by staff
Miami Heat Trayvon Martin, Students from 31 Miami-Dade schools walked out of class Friday in a mass rally against the killing of Trayvon Martin, in what the schools chief called an unprecedented act of protest sparked by social media and text messages.
Demonstrations spread to 19 high schools, many of them predominantly black, and at least 10 middle schools from Homestead to North Dade, where kids left class en masse. About 10 Broward County schools also held protests Friday.
The rallies took place as the battle over Trayvon made its way from the Miami Heat to the White House and the Republican presidential primary race. Heat players posed for pictures wearing hoodies, while President Barack Obama addressed the racially charged case for the first time, calling the teen’s death a “tragedy.”
An attorney for shooter George Zimmerman also spoke out, saying his client is not a racist and sustained injuries such as a possible broken nose and a deep gash on the back of his head. Zimmerman, he said, mentors black children by taking them to the mall and science center. “I don’t believe George Zimmerman is a racist, or that this was motivated by a dislike for African-Americans,” attorney Craig Sonner said on CNN.
Sonner said he and Zimmerman have not listened to 911 tapes or discussed details of what happened the night Trayvon was killed. He believes Zimmerman is still in the area, although he told an Orlando TV station that he is “fearful for his life.” “He is remorseful,” Sonner added.
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