TPS students hold rally for Trayvon Martin

TULSA - Students at one Tulsa Public School campus rallied Thursday morning in honor of the Florida teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman.

Trayvon Martin, 17, died Feb. 26 during a confrontation with 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla.  Zimmerman spotted Martin, who was unarmed and walking to the home of his father's girlfriend.

Zimmerman told police he acted in self-defense but the details eyewitness reports vary from one extreme to another.  He has not been arrested or charged.


At the time of Martin's death, he wore a hoodie.  It was raining and he had pulled the hood over his head.

Central High School's student council organized the rally to demonstrate how hoodies do not define students' values or determine their futures.

Central students say the school has defied stereotypes and beaten the odds by excelling academically, artistically and athletically.

"It is our hope to continue to defy odds with or without hoodies," read a statement from the school.  "We are Trayvon Martins.  We are his age.  Some are his race.  And we all identify today with his hoodie.  We are Trayvons and we are somebody."

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