Surprise: Trayvon Martin Had Been Suspended After Woman’s Jewelry, Burglary Tool was Found

He was such a good boy. Never did anything wrong. Unless you count the times he was suspended from school over drugs and possessing a woman’s jewelry and burglary tool. And his suspension for graffiti.

SANFORD — Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin was suspended from school in October in an incident in which he was found in possession of women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that a schools security staffer described as a “burglary tool,” The Miami Herald has learned.

Trayvon, who claimed that an unnamed friend had given him the jewelry, was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald.

A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver, calling the information in the report an attempt to “demonize” the youth.

Really? We’ve spent the last few days hearing about what an angel Martin was and how he never did anything wrong. Now we’re learning about his school record and that witnesses say he was beating the crap out of Zimmerman. And that’s not relevant?

Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described the screwdriver as a burglary tool.

Trayvon was asked if the jewelry, which was mostly women’s rings and earrings, belonged to his family or a girlfriend.

“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.

School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.

He was suspended and police notified. Four months later he was found with a marijuana baggy and drug paraphernalia. That was his second suspension. His third would come for truancy.

His supporters now say that by reporting actual facts people are trying to demonize him. Those would be the same supporters who spent days talking about how he was angelic. Character mattered before, but suddenly it’s irrelevant.


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