Teacher Pays Tribute To Trayvon In Controversial Year Book Photo

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May 27, 2014 11:12am PST

Long gone are the days in which Trayvon Marin was a hot talking point but some remaining resistant to letting the incident be a thing of the past. Most recently, a high school teacher decided he’d pay tribute to the deceased thug in his yearbook photo.

Needless to say, the teacher has found himself at the center of a controversial firestorm.

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Spencer Smith, a history teacher at Heritage High School in Brentwood, California, decided that for this year’s photo, he’d pay tribute to Trayvon Martin. Draped in an over-sized hoodie, proudly displaying a bag of skittles the book was published and reactions were soon to follow.

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Comments on the tasteless decision seem to be going both ways as Alfreda Charway, Heritage High School’s Black Student Union President, explained, “I think it’s a good idea because he’s expressing himself because that’s the whole point of yearbook pictures, you’re supposed to express yourself.”

Others however aren’t too pleased, such as parents who purchased the year books for their children, as one mother noted, “I think that’s very inappropriate for a yearbook. This is supposed to be capturing the best moments of the year. And all positive things.”

(See also: Never Before Seen Video From Trayvon Martin’s Cell Phone)

Either way, bringing up the issue as to whether or not a young thug deserved to die after attacking another person and placing their life in danger has no business in a school. Zimmerman was cleared by a jury of his peers and Trayvon should be left to rest in peace.

What do you guys think – did this teacher take it too far? Let us know in the comments below.

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