Trayvon Martin

Cassie Osvatics, Senior Op. Ed. Writer

On February 26th 17-year-old Florida high school student Trayvon Martin was found shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, 28, was found standing over Trayvon’s body with a handgun. All Trayvon had on him was a bag of Skittles, a bottle of iced tea, his cell phone and an ear piece. A 16-year-old girl said she was on the phone with him at the time and told him to run, heard some pushing, and the line went dead. In their neighborhood watch handbook it reads “it should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers, and they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles.” So why did Zimmerman have a gun on him? Why did he feel the need to shoot Trayvon Martin?
Zimmerman suffered both a broken nose and a head wound but that does not justify shooting a 17-year-old boy. But oh, Skittles are so deadly right? However, it wasn’t Trayvon’s neighborhood, so he really shouldn’t have been there. If Trayvon hadn’t gone there he would still be alive today. Also, dispel the possibility of a hate crime. There have been numerous interviews with other people that show that Zimmerman is not a racist. Maybe he did act out of pure fear, but if I were him I would have listened to the police when advised not to shoot. Overall, the entire case has been blown out of proportion simply because an African American kid was killed by a Hispanic man. If they were the same race, this wouldn’t be the first article that pops up when you go to log on to your email.
At this point, George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and has turned himself in. His arrangment will be May 29th. For more information on the case, go to