Malcolm X Elementary School in Washington D.C. have declared Friday the “Trayvon Martin Day,” in an effort to “educate students and their parents about race relations and social injustice,” ABC 7 reports. The teachers are using the tragedy as part of their “Let’s Keep Our Children Safe” seminar, in the hopes that it will help reduce senseless violence and bullying in the southeast D.C. community.
Principal J. Harrison Coleman said that every adult who attended the seminar would receive an Arizona Iced Tea and each student would get a bag of Skittles, ABC 7 reports.
While I understand the basic premise of the school administrators’ intentions, isn’t it a little too soon to use Trayvon Martin’s name in such a manner, particularly since the case has not been litigated and a verdict reached in a court of law? The mere fact that they are giving every adult who attends the seminar an Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles, they are sending the message that George Zimmerman is guilty of the crime, without a verdict being handed down.