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Students Raise Awareness of Trayvon Martin Case with Hoodie Protest

Hoodies show they believe what happened to Martin, and the authorities' response, was wrong, Southampton Intermediate School and High School students say.

Typically, it's against the dress code at Southampton public schools to wear a hood up in classrooms and hallways, but for the past three Fridays, several students have been spotted in hoodies — with the school administration's blessing — as an act of protest.

The quiet demonstration is designed to raise awareness of the killing of unarmed African-American teen Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26. Subsequent comments in the media said the hoodie Martin was wearing when he was shot bore as much responsibility for his death as the man who pulled the trigger, George Zimmerman.

“Trayvon Martin was killed because of racial profiling, because of his skin color, and because he was perceived to be suspicious because he had a hoodie on,” said student Tavia Jeffries, 13, the North Sea eighth-grader who initiated the awareness campaign.

“When I saw it on TV, I told my mom I wanted to do something about it,” Jeffries said, adding that she also learned from watching the news that students at schools around the country were wearing hoodies in solidarity.

Her mother, teaching assistant Natasha Jeffries, helped her get the school administration to agree to break with the dress code once a week and allow students to wear hoodies on Fridays.

“We wanted peaceful protest,” Tavia Jeffries said. “We want to make a stand so people know that we care and we know what’s going on.”

According to reports and a 9-1-1 tape, Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, called police to report a suspicious male in his gated Sanford, Fla., community. The 911 operator instructed Zimmerman not to follow the person, but there was a confrontation that ended with Zimmerman shooting Martin, a 17-year-old visiting family. Zimmerman told police he acted in self defense and he was released, but in April he was charged with second-degree murder.

“It was wrong for [Zimmerman] to take it into his own hands and shoot him,” Jeffries said, adding that she opposes “Stand Your Ground,” the Florida law cited when Zimmerman was not immediately arrested and charged. “You could just shoot them for no reason — I don’t think that’s right.”

Those who joined Jeffries' protest carry cards to show teachers and other students that explains why they are wearing their hoodies and they were given the opportunity to formally address classmates during lunch periods and an English class.

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Ricky Brumsey, 17, is taking the protest very seriously. The Southampton Village resident and High School junior said that during the first week he taped photos of Martin to his shirt and carried an iced tea can and bag of Skittles — the items Martin was reportedly carrying when Zimmerman followed him.

Brumsey said it is out of respect for Martin. “I wear my hoodie because I feel a lot of people criticize him,” he said. “They said a lot of things about him that weren’t true.”

“It’s a sign of respect for justice,” added Devon Trent, 17, also a junior and village resident. “We wear our hoodies to show we care.”

In the first two weeks, Brumsey said he was kicked out of class by a teacher unaware that he had permission from the school administration to wear his hoodie. But he said there is now greater awareness in the school. There are more student wearing hoodies, and he makes a point of telling them they are doing a good thing, he said.

“My mom thought it was good and was proud I was making a stand,” said eighth-grader Elisia Ivey, 14, of the . “We can go home feeling good that we did something good.”

toronto May 09, 2012 at 03:47 PM
How about the man in the parking lot of a harmons grocery store who just saved a bunch of lives because he was carrying a concealed gun (Salt Lake City, Utah) approx 4/27/12. And these stories happen a lot more then you think. They just don't get published that much. Here's the link http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top_stories/story/conceal-and-carry-stabbing-salt-lake-city-smiths/NDNrL1gxeE2rsRhrWCM9dQ.cspx
toronto May 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
No, because if everything Zimmerman said was true then Travon forefits his right to stand his ground when he becomes the aggresssor. You could say that Zimmerman was the aggressor but according to the law you can't nessicarly go to jail for following a person, but could go to jail if you start thoughing punchs -- as Zimmerman claims he did. My point is that we just don't have all evidences and it's not right to teach kids to make judgements before all the facts are in.
Jaguar-Guy May 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Yes thanks, and I was writing about the Drunk Driving DWI Teacher at 3 am, with a loaded pistol in Riverhead last week.
Jaguar-Guy May 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
It is good to see BOTH photos that show kids or all races showing solidarity. As long as talks include all points of view, hopefully good will come of it. The case will be heard by a jury and Zimmerman will have his day in court. The victims parents got the arrest they were seeking.
Hazel Wilkonson the First May 09, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Right you are, jaguar. I see an extremely inclusive group of kids represented in that second photo.
Jaguar-Guy May 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Thanks, and you too Hazel.
toronto May 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Carring a loaded gun should not be an issues. The main issue should have been that she was driving while drunk. There a lot of people outside of california that carry loaded guns all the time. (California has a law that does not allow you to carry concealed unless you get a california conceal permit-- which they barely hand out.) This does not make them bad people. In fact most of the people I know that carry conceal weapons are true gentalmen and wemon. To anyone out side California and New York and a few other states, this must seem crazy. That is because those states have made guns out to be the criminal rather than the individual. A gun is just a tool. It can be used for good as well as bad. And in cases like travon we will need to see more evidence to find out which that was.
smacw May 10, 2012 at 05:33 PM
So Zimmerman is a member of the oppressor class? Only in America in the 21st Century could a semi employed high school grad of mixed Native American, African, and European ancestry be deemed a member of the white oppressor class based purely on the fact that his alleged victim is a few shades darker. Our schools should not be condoning dress code violations and activism based on an overly politicized case in which no one knows all the facts yet, and no verdict has been reached. That is not education, its indoctrination in to the worst Balkanizing notions the media and government promote. Anybody care about the appalling rate of Black on black crime in many cities? I hope there is justice based on the facts in this case, and many others, but the circus has to stop.
Jaguar-Guy May 10, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Good for the kids - fine. However, I did not think initially, or now, that Zimmerman is "Causasian". When he spoke in court to the parents (in very poor taste and yes, a self-serving apology - no doubt), he spoke with a heavy accent. This is a horrible loss for Trayvon's family and I am sorry for their loss - but I do not see this as specifically as a Hate crime. (I am sure Mo Neill will call me Nazi, racisit, roach, etc.) Zimmerman should definitely have been arrested that night for killing that young man and not let out on bail, but he should be charged with negligent homicide (which would get a conviction easier than the murder charge which he may have a chance to beat). Horrible, just horrible loss.
Ralebird May 11, 2012 at 04:40 AM
What does this, and your previous posts, have to do with the article or any prior response to it?
Jaguar-Guy May 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Quick follow-up. I do believe that Attorney General Holder is a total fraud by NOT investigating the New Black Panther Party when they offered a "One Million Dollar Bounty on Zimmerman - Dead or Alive". He should have been arrested, and should face the legal system. But outright contract killing and the A.G does absolutely nothing, really ??
Ralebird May 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM
No, the media did not create the whole zimmerman (sic) issue - Zimmerman did. But this is not about the media, not about black on black crime, not about Kansas, New Jersey, Philadelphia or Zimbabwe. This is a local story about local kids deciding to do something they feel is important. Your reaction is as irrelevant to their actions as you are.
Jaguar-Guy May 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Hi Ted and thanks. Are you saying that Trayvon's parents are happy their son is dead, so they could trademark a couple of T-shirts (no matter what they say)?? They are GRIEVING parents, and I do not begrudge them selling whatever they can. I am sure they would rather have their son back than trademarks. And, I STILL think A.G. Holder is a racist for not investigating the New Black Panther Party for offer a Million Dollar Bounty on Zimmerman - Dead or Alive. That guy is a J-O-K-E.
Frank Esposito May 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I have to laugh Jaguar guy. This Ted dude post a whole boat load of links to things that are completely shocking and very much atrocities against whites and I'm sure black women mostly in Africa with the rape thing, yet you jump on him for assuming he thinks Trayvons parents are happy he is dead. That is pretty sick dude. Sounds to me like this guy TR has a valid point and you are helping him make it by getting your feathers all up when he mentions a trayvon things yet you remain completely silent on any of those links he posted. I believe some gj user here called him irrelevant also. This Ratter dude is very relevant as he points out how nuts it is that these Hoodie protest kids are getting praised and support here while 3000 plus white south African farmers get killed since 1991 and 600,000 rapes against mostly black women go unnoticed by the America media. I could not even finish reading the children being raped because they think it will cure AIDS in Africa. I had tears in my eye. I for one clicked on all his links and I tell you even though I am in my fifties and consider myself very up on News here and around the world I have never never ever heard about any of the stuff he posted.
Frank Esposito May 13, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Hey Ted I found one now for you. Thanks for opening my mind! But now I have to pluck my eyes out. I can't believe it!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKKapY_1-TI&feature=related
Jaguar-Guy May 13, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Nobody is picking one story of tragedy over the atrocities being committed in S. Africa . . . sheesh. I merely pointed out that the photo shows a "rainbow" of students who've come together (right or wrong since I actually agreed with Hazel). As for the hundreds of thousands of rapes and murders in S. Africa, of couse ALL people would support the fight against that. I merely pointed out that Ted had made 10 posts consecutively about a story other than our SH kids wearing hoodies. The thread has taken a totally new turn is all. Why not start a blog, or post a link to donate to. I donate to doctors without borders, along with many, many other organizations. Post the link to educate us on this other atrocity please. I would, as would many others certainly, gladly join and support that cause Ted.
Jaguar-Guy May 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Yes, I totally agree with you - but Holder is the Attorney General of these United States, and he has an Agenda. The AG should resign. From trying the Terrorists in NYC, to suing AZ., to failing to enforce DOMA, to failing to enfore the borders, and the Fast and Furious failure - just to name a few.
Jaguar-Guy May 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
What are you writing?? Look up. I just wrote a reply to your post. BTW, I NEVER called you a racist or anything of the like, and I do NOT run from idiots like you. I wrote that I personally believe that AG Holder is a racist. However, YOU sir, are a total jerk who hijacked this thread, then wrote he was "done writing" - but continues to post. So, post on Dopey.
Jaguar-Guy May 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Ted, they are requesting folks to Blog. You obviously have a lot to write about this subject, so why not at least reach out to Patch (since they are requesting Bloggers) and fill us in. This is not a choice of one tragedy over thousands raped in continuing atrocities. Both subjects can be openly written about, which is obvious, since you have brought attention to this travesty.
Ralebird May 14, 2012 at 03:26 AM
"Ted Ratter 8:28 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2012 Good news for Jaguar-Guy and gj... I'm done here." Come on, please, if you can't keep on topic at least keep your word.
Jaguar-Guy May 14, 2012 at 08:53 PM
We will. THANK YOU for the post Ted, and the civility. Just a sickening video. Be well and thank you for opening my eyes about this, sincerely.
Kathy Hogan May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Mr. Ratter the treatment you are receiving from GJ and Jaguar is bizarre. I think you should leave now too because they are being completely unfair to you. GJ's behavior seems the most bizarre and Mr. Jaguar seems like he has the ability to understand, but is just closed minded unless it goes along with what he agrees with. Mr. Ratter please leave and don't subject yourself to people who call others names. You made your point very well. Mr. GJ will never answer your question because a sensible answer as to why Florida matters but all your states with issues can't be answered by him. You are right, his concern about just Florida seems weird and lopsided which is what I believe you are trying to say or point out by asking that question. If you wanted to open up some eyes I can tell you that you did with me. I came here this morning looking for school vote info and found this because of the 67 or so replies. That big number caught my eye. God Bless you for taking a stand against these closed minded and lopsided people.
Ralebird May 17, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Ms. Hogan - I believe you should reread the article and what I have written. I have made no comments regarding the global tragedies Ratter has cited other than to say they are not relevant to this article. The article is about local kids wanting to make a statement about something they identify with - an American high school kid in a horrible situation initiated by another person. That situation does not, on the surface at least, appear to have initially gotten a proper investigation until the press shined the light of day upon it, hence the uproar and demonstrations. That is not to say that high school kids (and everyone) locally and elsewhere are not and should not be concerned with some or all of the things Ratter links to, just that those were not the topic of the article. Perhaps "bizarre" would be better used to describe someone who opted out of the discussion and has since written at least ten more messages or based an argument on what he perceives as another's thoughts of "hate" and caring and added that classic "heads out of your butts" for all who fail to see things his way.
Hazel Wilkonson the First May 17, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Mr. Ratter, did you have to take time off from your position as grand wizard to spend time spewing racist bile on this site?
Hazel Wilkonson the First May 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Ratter, you are a racist of the worst kind, one who tries to rationalize his racism under the guise of a bunch of B S. Your comments here are meant to rationalize killing of blacks by whites and it is beyond despicable. You should be put on a government watch list.
Hazel Wilkonson the First May 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Mr. Ratter, this is your profile http://abcnews.go.com/US/militias-hate-groups-grow-response-minority-population-boom/story?id=16370136#.T7aJzNxSTFF
Mary Beth May 18, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Mr Rat, you are a disgusting human being. Your postings have absolutely nothing to do with this story. You clearly have spent a lot of time festering in you putrid racism. Hazel got it exactly right. Jaguar Guy, I cannot believe you would defend such hatred
East End Farmer May 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
People carrying loaded guns are LOOKING for trouble. Zimmerman should hang.
David D'Agostino February 26, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Brendan, why re-post all of the old, hateful and moronic comments from May of 2012 on a story about the anniversary of the shooting?
Henry P February 26, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Why are you re-posting stories from last year? You can not possibly that busy over at Patch HQ or are you just mailing it in? Slow news cycle? Can't crack open a paper for some ideas or is the link to the Huffington Post not working?

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