Trayvon Martin School Suspension Linked to Pot Residue Found in His Backpack

Mar 26, 2012
1:31 pm

The Associated Press and several news outlets are reporting this afternoon that a spokesperson for the family of Trayvon Martin has confirmed that the 17-year-old Martin, who was shot to death by George Zimmerman on February 26 in Sanford, FL, was suspended by Miami-Dade County schools because traces of marijuana were found in Martin's backpack. According to Ryan Julison, the family spokesperson, the traces were were in a plastic baggie inside the backpack.

Julison said the following:

We maintain that regardless of the specific reason for the suspension, it's got nothing to do with the events that unfolded on February 26."

In addition, the AP reported that Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice confirmed that Martin does not have a criminal record.