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San Diego Schools Consider Class Discussions On Zimmerman-Martin Case

San Diego Schools Consider Class Discussions On Zimmerman-Martin Case

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Unified School District Board of  Education is scheduled to consider today 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 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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