"Trayvon Martin Day" Canceled At Pittsburgh High School After Complaints From Parents

Carrick High School decided to cancel the Trayvon Martin Day it had scheduled during homecoming. It has been replaced with Pirate Baseball Day.

1. Carrick High School students had an idea: Wear hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot and killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman.

The fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager last year touched off a debate around the United States over racial profiling and self-defense. Zimmerman was eventually found not guilty of murdering the unarmed teenager.

2. “To commemorate Trayvon Martin, wear the hoodies and make this a positive thing,” said principal Dennis Chakey, to KDKA in Pittsburgh.

3. But some were uneasy about how students would treat each other. “I am a little worried about that with the different people, how they’re going to react,” said mother Jennifer Kagle.

Not all parents agreed. “If they want to wear the hoodies to represent him and the kind of person he was, they should do it,” father Bruce Bergener said.

4. In the end, the homecoming committee decided to scrap the event.

“It brought up some controversy to the point where there were people giving mixed signals about it,” said Javon Jordan to CBS Pittsburgh.

5. Jordan says instead they decided to have students wear Pirates hats to bring everybody together as a whole.

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“It shows a lot of maturity on their end,” Principal Chakey said.

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