Boy in the Hoodie
Something you may not know about Trayvon Martin:
After taking an airplane ride two years ago, Trayvon decided he wanted to learn to fly, his uncle Ronald Fulton said. The teen attended a Miami aviation school part time and was studying to be an engineer, a path to realizing his ambition, Fulton said.
Math was Trayvon’s favorite subject.
Something else you may not know about Trayvon Martin:
“He was extremely creative,” said Michelle Kypriss, Trayvon’s English teacher at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami. “He just loved building things. He really was intrigued by how things worked.”
She described Trayvon, a junior, as an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness.
Something you may have heard about Trayvon Martin:
Trayvon was under a five-day suspension when he was shot that Sunday night, but Kypriss said it was due to tardiness and not misbehavior.
“Trayvon was not a violent or dangerous child. He was not known for misbehaving,” the teacher said. “He was suspended because he was late too many times.”
What Glenn Beck’s Blaze website makes of that information:
We’re also learning more about Trayvon Martin. According to reporters he had been suspended from school. The International Business Times says Martin’s suspension was due to last for 10 days.
What the International Business Times says:
Martin has a clean criminal record. But he was suspended from him Miami high school for 10 days in February, which was why he was in the community, visiting his father and his father’s girlfriend.
IBT reporter Michael Billera’s Twitter bio:
New York Reporter for International Business Times (@IBTNewYork) Lover of dogs. American.
IBT reporter Michael Billera’s source for a ten-day suspension instead of five:
IBT reporter Michael Billera’s spelling of Sanford, Florida:
What Blaze writer Mytheos Holt extrapolates from an unsourced, incorrect fact provided by an IBT reporter a thousand miles north of
Sandford Sanford, Florida:
But what exactly was he suspended for in the first place? Sources sympathetic to Martin say he was suspended for “excessive tardiness.” However, a quick review of both the local policies for Martin’s school, the Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, and of the Miami-Dade school district’s district-wide policies, raise some doubts. According to Miami-Dade policy, in order to get a suspension of 10 days, Martin would have had to either commit “repeated, serious or habitual” acts of the following:
Some of the following listed by Blaze writer Mytheos Holt:
• Aggravated assault
• Aggravated battery against a non-staff member
• Armed robbery
• Assault/Threat against M-DCPS employees or persons conducting official business
• Battery or Aggravated battery against M-DCPS employees or persons conducting official business*
Sample infraction meriting a five-day suspension under the Miami-Dade Code of Student Conduct:
Failure to comply with previously prescribed corrective
What Trayvon Martin’s teacher said, in case you missed it the first time:
“He was suspended because he was late too many times.”
One-word description of Blaze writer Mytheos Holt:
Spread of the incorrect “ten-day suspension” fact and insinuated violent behavior:
All over the fucking place.
Houston Chronicle blogger Gina Carroll, explaining “Why I Cannot Write About Trayvon Martin”:
I am, after all, the mother of two African-American boys — boys who, like Trayvon Martin, love basketball and lemonade and Skittles. Boys who wear hoodies when it’s cold; wear hoodies when it’s not; wear hoodies because hoodies are cool. Boys who frequent gated and affluent communities. Boys who are often on foot…
Not too long ago my teenagers were returning home late from a party. The neighborhood patrol followed them through the neighborhood , through the gates of our house and into our driveway.
“What are you doing here?” the officer asked.
“We live here.” My son replied.
“Oh, your mother works here?” the officer asked.
[Indignant pause by children. Deep breath. Anger suppressed]
“No, my parents own this house.” My son said.
[indignant pause by officer. Quizzical look.]
“Then I’d better let you kids get home. It’s late.” Officer says and exits.
The Year of Our Lord, just to make sure we haven’t slipped into a time warp: