The pursuit of justice in Trayvon Martin‘s shooting death has incited a hotbed of slander and accusations when it comes to the slain Florida teen.
New reports suggest that Trayvon was suspended three times, had run-ins with school officials, was caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana and was carrying a bag of jewelry with a screwdriver.
In an attempt to smear the name of Trayvon Martin, his parents have come forward lashing out at reports that their son had been suspended from school because of drugs, graffiti and suspected burglary.
According to the Miami Herald, in October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.”
Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.”
The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.
Instead, the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald.
Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer, Ben Crump, acknowledged that Trayvon was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.
According to the school police investigator, Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch, a large flathead screwdriver, silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.
Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend.
“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.
Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report.
School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.
A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver.
Crump said on the accusations:
“It’s completely irrelevant to what happened Feb. 26. They never heard this, and don’t believe it’s true. If it were true, why wouldn’t they call the parents? Why wasn’t he arrested?”
Trayvon, who was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, had never been arrested, police and the family have said.
Crump said this is a crude attempt to demonize Trayvon and portray him in a bad light, adding that no evidence ever surfaced that the jewelry was stolen.
That suspension was followed four months later by another one in February, in which Trayvon was caught with an empty plastic bag with traces of marijuana in it. A school police report obtained by The Miami Herald specifies two items: a bag with marijuana residue and a “marijuana pipe.”
The punishment was the third for the teen. On Monday, the family also said Trayvon had earlier been suspended for tardiness and truancy.
Trayvon’s parents viewed the new reports as an orchestrated campaign to demonize their son as a “junkie and thief,” a routine occurrence in such cases, the Rev. Al Sharpton said at an afternoon press conference.
Zimmerman, Sharpton said, had no way of knowing about Trayvon’s school record — “because he didn’t interview him before he shot him.”
“The only thing that’s relevant is what Zimmerman knew. Let’s not play this double standard of trying to damage who is dead and sanitize who is the cause of the death.”
Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, came to the defense of her son saying he never had any problems with gangs or the police.
In fact, she said, when she transferred him out of Carol City High School to be closer to home, the school wanted him to stay at Carol City because they liked him and he was a good student.
“They killed my son, and now they are trying to kill his reputation,” Fulton said.
Trayvon’s school records are irrelevant, but what is relevant is that he was unarmed and shot to death for wearing a hoodie and looking “suspicious.” The fight for justice continues for Trayvon – no matter what kind of allegations and reports pop up. #HoodiesUp.
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