When San Diego, Calif. schools are back in session, they will use a new force to take aim at self-defense laws: middle and high school students.
The board of San Diego Unified Schools has approved a program encouraging students to “vent their frustration that the world lacks justice” by participating in a series of “Trayvon Martin dialogues” this fall, according to The Daily Caller.
The forums will discuss the black teen’s shooting death by George Zimmerman, a Hispanic who told police he acted in self-defense. A Florida jury acquitted him in July.
While the proposal specifically calls for students to condemn “stand your ground” laws, Florida’s “castle doctrine” statute was not an issue in Zimmerman’s case. According to court testimony, Zimmerman claimed Martin struck first and he shot the teenager in self-defense.
According to the College Fix, this is the basis of the program:
The resolution … calls for the dialogues to “allow students to speak honestly about their identification with Trayvon Martin’s story, including feelings of fear, anger and skepticism that they will live in a just society as they prepare for their future.”
The resolution also states the talks will “allow students to speak honestly about the world view that prompted George Zimmerman to confront Trayvon Martin, and help students develop perspectives and strategies to channel their feelings about Trayvon Martin into positive work for themselves and the larger community.”
School Board members told reporters they stand behind their approval of the program.
“[We’ll] carefully and methodically look at what happened and analyzed [sic] this,” School Board member John Lee Evans told The Daily Caller. “This is an important teachable moment.”
A school district survey found that teachers plan to discuss the Zimmerman case with their students during lessons about vigilantism and racial injustice, The Daily Caller reported.
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