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Fri Mar 23, 2012, 02:07 PM

High school students walk out in protest of Trayvon Martin shooting

Source: MSNBC

Hundreds of students at several South Florida high schools staged walkouts Friday morning in a massive protest against the lack of an arrest in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Students from Miami Central, Miami Edison, Miami Norland, American Senior, William H. Turner High and Southridge High in Miami and Blanche Ely High School in Broward held walkouts.

At Miami Central and Turner, students were seen pouring out of the school buildings and into the streets just after 9 a.m.

Miami-Dade Police later reported a crowd of students had congregated at Southland Mall.



Read more: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/23/10830314-high-school-students-walk-out-in-protest-of-trayvon-martin-shooting

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Reply High school students walk out in protest of Trayvon Martin shooting (Original post)
Playinghardball Mar 2012 OP
pinboy3niner Mar 2012 #1
JBoy Mar 2012 #2
Comrade Grumpy Mar 2012 #3
virgogal Mar 2012 #5
IndyJones Mar 2012 #20
AnotherMother4Peace Mar 2012 #27
alphafemale Mar 2012 #34
cheezmaka Mar 2012 #38
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2012 #4
Peregrine Mar 2012 #7
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2012 #9
LanternWaste Mar 2012 #10
Downwinder Mar 2012 #15
barbtries Mar 2012 #12
CreekDog Mar 2012 #17
FarPoint Mar 2012 #18
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2012 #21
kcass1954 Mar 2012 #22
DisgustipatedinCA Mar 2012 #23
awoke_in_2003 Mar 2012 #32
obamanut2012 Mar 2012 #36
Sabriel Mar 2012 #26
AnotherMother4Peace Mar 2012 #28
Trillo Mar 2012 #31
alp227 Mar 2012 #6
LanternWaste Mar 2012 #11
Posteritatis Mar 2012 #13
Pale Blue Dot Mar 2012 #24
Humanist_Activist Mar 2012 #40
Initech Mar 2012 #8
marshall gaines Mar 2012 #14
kiranon Mar 2012 #16
Viva_La_Revolution Mar 2012 #30
tavalon Mar 2012 #33
JackInGreen Mar 2012 #35
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2012 #19
oldhippydude Mar 2012 #25
friendly_iconoclast Mar 2012 #29
bluevoter4life Mar 2012 #37
cheezmaka Mar 2012 #39
Igel Mar 2012 #41
Beacool Mar 2012 #42
MLKJrInspired Mar 2012 #43

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 02:18 PM

1. 15 schools involved

According to one report, "Some stopped at convenience stores along the way to buy Arizona ice tea and Skittles."

And CNN aired a report this morning showing students at one school (South Miami HS?) forming human letters--TM--for Trayvon Martin's initials.

One report here on the 15 schools:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/23/2709512/miami-area-high-schools-stage.html#storylink=cpy

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 02:19 PM

2. And today those students are learning more than they did all last week.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 02:46 PM

3. These students are giving themselves (and the rest of us) a real civics lesson.

That's worth extra credit, in my book.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 02:54 PM

5. Aw,come on, Most of them probably just wanted a day off.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 04:44 PM

20. Maybe some did, but I think the unity of the kids in high school communities is touching.

I prefer to think that they are the up and coming leaders of our country and they are standing together to make a statement for their brother/classmate/friend.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 10:41 PM

27. In this case, I don't think so -I think it hits too close to home. Trayvon was a kid just like them.

edit to put in his name - Trayvon.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 07:53 AM

34. While in one sense I agree. (Being one that used to organize Walk-Outs at the drop of a hat.)

We used to do them all the time. I think one was because they raised the cost of (something or other...milk maybe?) by a nickel.

That was another era. I was in jrH/HS from the mid 70's to early 80's. Kids had much more freedom to do things like that then.

I think in this era of Zero Tolerance kids are at much higher risk of consequences.

And the Trayvon Martin issue is hitting people everywhere dead center in the chest.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 02:38 PM

38. Very True!

That's worth extra credit in my book as well.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 02:54 PM

4. Wow - excellent story!

I am proud of those kids. Well done.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:11 PM

7. yes, because education was responsible for the shooting

Overwhelming majority just wanted to get an early start to spring break.

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:16 PM

9. Thats the point you took from this story?

Color it a 'civics lesson' (something that seems to be sorely overlooked these days).

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:38 PM

10. I imagine we perceive those things which better validate our own agendas

I imagine we perceive only those things which better validate our own agendas, and deny those things which do not validate them...

I've been told that what an observer sees in a painting says much more about the observer than it does about the painting, however I do realize we will make the rationalize as to why it doesn't apply to us...

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:47 PM

15. a Rorschach test.

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:42 PM

12. a very cynical perspective.

i don't take it that way at all.

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 04:09 PM

17. Are you saying that you would've just been getting an early start on your spring break?

if you were in a protest like that?

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 04:36 PM

18. Tell me what evidence you have to validate that statement.

I personally salute these students for exercising a healthy demonstration.

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 04:47 PM

21. Pls. post your source for that motivation.

Lacking that, I will accept any proven credentials as a mass mind reader.

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 06:48 PM

22. Really? Dade and Broward schools were on spring break last week.

Got a better excuse?

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:30 PM

23. what makes people post stuff like this? Now that your notion has been thoroughly discredited,

tell me, why would you say something like this, of all the replies you could have made? What piece of information led you to this odd conclusion?

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Response to DisgustipatedinCA (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 03:44 AM

32. why say something like that?...

because the person is probably a freeper who posts infrequently (see join date and post count) and pops up every now and again to say something obnoxious.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #32)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 11:25 AM

36. Whoa!

Good catch!

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 09:15 PM

26. They're students...what ELSE would they walk out on?

Their houses?

A student walk-out is the same as a work slow-down or stoppage or boycott in the adult world.

It's all they have to work with.

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 10:54 PM

28. How you under estimate these students - Trayvon was their age "there by the grace of God" nt

Last edited Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:34 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 11:49 PM

31. Trayvon was on suspension.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002457977

There are metaphorical similarities between suspension and murder. The latter can be altered to attempted murder if understanding is difficult, but the original two seem to apply more literally to Trayvon.

These kids on strike, or walkout, are AWESOME!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:08 PM

6. call me a devil's advovate, but why couldn't they just do this AFTER school?

I doubt if walkouts are effective in an era of defunded public education.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:39 PM

11. How precisely does a school walk-out work when no one's at school to walk out from?

How precisely does a school walk-out work when no one's at school to walk out from?

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Response to alp227 (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:42 PM

13. Because people would neither notice nor care. (nt)

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Response to alp227 (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 07:44 PM

24. Do you honestly think that the national news would be covering this

if it was a walkout AFTER school?

As a teacher in a public school, I'll give you the answer: no.

I'm proud of these students!

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Response to alp227 (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 02:56 PM

40. Does anyone else find this post to be particularly, uhm, unintelligent?

Its kinda like having a sit in in a place of business that is closed for the day, or protesting in the middle of no where(like a corn field, or desert).

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:12 PM

8. If I had a hooded sweatshirt I'd wear it today to join the protest.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 03:42 PM

14. great

 

Great, kids.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 04:07 PM

16. Time for everyone to wear a hoodie. Worn one for years and

I'm a grandma.

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Response to kiranon (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 11:43 PM

30. Me too!

I just got a new one with green stripes

when I am old, I shall wear Green...

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Response to kiranon (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 06:38 AM

33. Actually, everyone in Seattle is issued one upon arrival

Usually, many more are acquired as time goes by. That's basically our uniform no matter the color of our skin.

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Response to tavalon (Reply #33)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 11:01 AM

35. Loved the line for Standard Issue Hoodys

when I moved up here, seeing that I could have a selection in fleece, cotton, wool, hemp, and with a hell of a variety of linings, eventually I had to get one of every type, not just GI.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 04:44 PM

19. Good on them!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 08:19 PM

25. the real terror for the PTB

those kids will probably vote as soon as they are eligable..

(i know spelling sucks help skinner!!!)

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 11:15 PM

29. Proud to be the 50th rec- and proud of these students, too.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 12:54 PM

37. Local media down here

Reports that many of the school bands played during the walk-out, and the teachers and administration, while not in full support, have turned a blind eye and. Kudos to these students for honoring the memory of their fallen classmate and may the proper justice be served.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 02:45 PM

39. I'm proud of these students as well

I'm sure a certain percentage will be ELIGLBLE to vote by the FALL so their voices can be heard even LOUDER...

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 12:12 PM

41. Oh. I see.

A group of students walk out in protest over the lack of arrest.

Well, the thing to do is suspend the investigation. What more's needed?

Just arrest him already. The local democratization of the justice system. If a group forms and calls for a punishment, the punishment is obligatory.

That is the civics lesson. Justice, as perceived by a large group who don't possess all the information--just the information they think is relevant--is what matters.

But don't think where the conclusion of the process might lead. No, no, no. Mustn't think that.

Maybe we'll be lucky and some vigilante will just kill Zimmerman. We're progressives. We like vigilantism.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 05:43 PM

42. Good for them!!!

I don't get the issue over wearing a hoodie. Who doesn't have one? I wear them all the time in winter (not to go to work, though). I particularly like wearing them while driving because wearing a coat restricts movement. In cold weather areas is rare the person that doesn't own one, even if it's just to exercise.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 06:38 PM

43. Inspiring ... and back to school on Monday

It's inspiring to see & hear about high school students getting involved in activism. I wish I knew more about activism when I was young, besides just our little environmental recycling club.

Having been involved in a lot of activism in grad school and sometimes to the detriment of my studies, we should also remind the students to stay on top of their studies. It's important to strike a balance.

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