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San Diego School Board To Consider Trayvon Martin Case Class Discussions

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Miami in April 2012 before George Zimmerman's arrest in connection with the death of Trayvon Martin.

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled tomorrow to consider whether to have staff discuss the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case with middle and high school students.

Trustees Richard Barrera and Marne Foster offered the proposal, which will be discussed at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder about two weeks ago in connection with the Feb. 26, 2012 fatal shooting of the 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Fla.

The confrontation ignited debate over racism, vigilantism, self-defense and a "stand your ground'' law in Florida.

Barrera and Foster said discussions among students would allow them to speak honestly how they identify with Trayvon Martin and have feelings of fear, anger and skepticism that they will live in a just society as they prepare for the future.

The trustees also said the plan, which would be implemented by the district's Office of Race Human Relations and Advocacy, would:

— allow students to talk about the world view that prompted George Zimmerman to confront Trayvon Martin;

— help students develop perspectives and strategies to channel their feelings about Trayvon Martin into positive work for themselves and the larger community;

— allow students to speak about the "stand your ground'' laws; and

— help students learn how to deal with being confronted by others in an authoritative manner.

Barrera and Foster also said the students could learn from the decisions made by Zimmerman and Martin, and how things could have been done differently.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | July 29, 2013 at 5:32 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

I think it is a bad idea. I don't need anymore of my children's base pushed on them by a curriculum written to have an predetermined outcome. If this is to be discussed, it should be done at home.

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RagnarDanneskjold | July 29, 2013 at 7:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

This is idea is phony-baloney propaganda to be foisted on a captive audience of impressionable minds by politically-motivated Democrats.

The planted axioms for this so-called "discussion" is that Martin was innocent and that Zimmerman is guilty, that racism on Zimmerman's part [rather than on Martin's part, who called Zimmerman "a creepy ass cracker"] played a role in the confrontation, and that Florida's "stand your ground" law figured in the development of the confrontation.

There is no evidence whatever to support any of the foregoing contentions, the months and months of biased media reporting to the contrary notwithstanding.

Martin jumped Zimmerman, knocked him to the ground, thrashed him in mixed martial arts style ground-and-pound assault, smashing his nose out of shape and his head on the cement, and got shot in the process.

There was no "stand your ground" issue in play because Martin immediately attacked Zimmerman and knocked him to the ground.

MSNBC edited Zimmerman's call to the cops to make it look like he was profiling Martin "because he was black" --- because MSNBC is a Democrat-captured propaganda outlet interested in promoting a race war.

Education is important, and, therefore, it should never be left in the hands of government and unions --- it just becomes a brainwashing operation.

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moocowsforever | July 29, 2013 at 9:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

As a government teacher in San Diego Unified, I support this proposal. I think that having an open discussion about a case that made national headlines deserves to be addressed by curious students.

We should talk about the kind of environment and the culture of this country that would encourage someone to confront a complete stranger.

This could be a great starting off point to discuss gun laws and the second amendment.

We should talk about "stand your ground" laws, whether students think they are fair, or effective.

And most importantly, we should discuss what students should do if confronted by someone in the middle of the night.

The conversation will be open and candid, with students safely sharing their views. As an assessment of their understanding, persuasive essays or presentations could be made. Anything that promotes critical thinking (with use of evidence to back up opinions) is a good opportunity for our students to grow as people.

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