Trayvon Martin’s family ramps up effort to keep school records private
Trayvon Martin is pictured with his father in this family photo.
October 19th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Trayvon Martin’s family ramps up effort to keep school records private

The family of Trayvon Martin on Friday bolstered their efforts to keep the slain 17-year-old’s school records private, just as attorneys for his killer, George Zimmerman, were in court to request subpoenas for the material.

“I feel Trayvon's school records are not relevant in this case,” said his father, Tracy Martin, whose attorney called for Zimmerman’s medical records to be released.

Judge Debra Nelson is expected to determine whether school officials should hand over documents that could include Martin’s grades, attendance and any disciplinary actions against him.

An unarmed Martin was gunned down on February 26 by Zimmerman, who was a volunteer neighborhood watchman patrolling a gated community in Sanford, Florida. He told police that he shot Martin in self-defense.

The shooting prompted national outrage as well as a Justice Department investigation.

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  1. ronvan

    This seems simple to me. Let the judge review the records and he can either say yes or no! It is truly sad that I have to agree that attornies will pervert, manipulate, and denegrate our laws and people. They will use EVERY trick they can think of to get their client off! And doesn't it say "we have a right to a speedy and fair trial?" Today it appears that if you can drag it out people will forget, or the attornies will hope that those involved will change/forget what they said.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. brad

    If Travon was as innocent as his parents claim then they should be proud of their sons school records and would be more than happy to share with the world.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Johnny America

    They know this thug was a no good delinquent so they are trying to keep his records sealed. IF he was a good student and non-delinquent they would gladly show them.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DMG2FUN

    They got to be hiding something

    October 25, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. This shouldn't be a case

    Zimmerman is guilty – doesn't matter what Trayvon had going on in school, his defense team is just trying to find some wacko way to justify the murder. If they allow it, i want all of Zimmerman's letters, run in's with the law, child molestation files, and criminal reports opened up. I bet anything he was a mistake waiting to happen, and yet a young child lost his life to a certified wack job. Funny in America how people of color still don't matter – this case proves it. Shame on them...

    October 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      You should pick up a history book to learn about our judicial system, where everybody is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The mob is out in full force with their pitchforks.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      oh yes, Martin was a poster child, a boyscout and school president. Funny, you don't even know what happened, you have no clue of how Martin was, or even Zimmerman, what makes you write so much crap?

      November 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gangsta

    because he was a punk and troublemaker...

    November 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cindy

    Why does mass media keep showing pics of this kid at 12 yrs old, from YEARS ago when he looked more "innocent"..anyone seen the TRUE pics of him at his CorRECT age?? Gang tattoos, gettin drunk, big muscular kid, etc etc..nice how they try to "spin" it to look like some poor little helpless refusing to release school records.. gee, afraid we'll see the "real" that a short latino man would feel threatened by? LOL how gullable do they think we are ffs??

    November 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wynett

      Cindy you r right there keep showing this young beautiful young man as a 12 yrs old but you dont know the whole story and that was sombody LOVE 1. Im sorry your heart is so COLD as ICE but if that was your son r mother you would not feel that way. Keep your old COLD HEART because you dont have 1 at all.

      November 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tesla


      First things first: Grammar. It exists. Learn it.

      Second: If my son had no history of violent, anti-social, or anti-establishment behavior, I would be just as outraged as these people appear to be. However, if that were the case, he wouldn't punch somebody out of the blue. He also probably wouldn't continue his assault on the person if he had knocked him down.

      Social rules. They also exist. And the rule that applies here, is that if someone lays their hands on me in a hostile manner, I will respond, it will be loud, and they will never touch anyone like that again.

      November 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cindy

    if he were a straight A, non troublemaking student they would be BEGGING for the world to see "see, see, he killed my honor student, my studious child!!"...well, works in reverse too lmao

    November 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kent

    When George Zimmerman drew his pistol and ended Trayvon's life, George was NOT thinking about algebra scores. A community watch patrol is to WATCH the area, It is not a called an Armed Vigilante Unit. I understand Geroge has a right to defend himself, but if the area is so dangerous as to require carrying lethal force, WHY GO WALKING THERE?

    November 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • religion&politics

      @Kent – Wow, there is so much wrong with your statement, <<>> This was HIS NEIGHBORHOOD, he LIVED THERE. The entire reason for standing up for your neighborhood, trying to make sure that people are not breaking into homes, etc, is to keep YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD from becoming a place where people can't even walk down the street. Like people who live in dangerous places have a choice to walk there or not. Geez!

      I feel Trayvon's school records are highly applicable to this case. The defense wants to show the type of person this kid was. If he was truly a troublemaker, then Zimmerman's story makes more sense. If not, then Zim may be lying. Either way, all the facts should be on the table.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. me

    If he was such a great, innocent kid, why bother hiding anything? I wouldn't be ashamed to show anyone my school records.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Spite of the records

    Even if Trayvon was the worst student of all time and a troublemaker. He didnt deserved to get shot. Trayvon felt stalked by Zimmerman SYG law apply to Trayvon he had the right to defend himself against the threat who was ARMED.

    Bottom line: Zimmerman shot an unarmed teenager, a neighbor,, after explicit instructions of the authority of disengage his PERSECUTION. Not all the MUMBO JUMBO that Zimmerman def tries to play will change that.

    November 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      I totally agree with your statement!

      November 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      If the records are released, and he is a "delinquent" that proves what? When Martin got shot by Zimmerman, he didnt have the records posted above his head. Is this trial about Martins records, or his death? We are being side tracked by material that is irrelevent to this case. We must maintain focus, on what the case is about. Martins attorneys need to step there game up, if this is the case. The should request Zimmermans records, just to prove that if Zimmerman was a model studant that it dosent prove anything if he murdered a young man.

      November 27, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. 2 Cents

    Get real, folks, if the news media had not Erroneously reported George Zimmerman as being White, then this would not have blown up across the nation. But you just have to look at his photo and see he is not white. The media keeps reporting this story because it incites a reaction. I do think it's odd that they keep showing photos of him when he was younger, instead of up to date photos. And school records will show the type of person he was. I suspect if they are trying to hide it, then it's not flattering.

    November 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    George Zimmerman has been practicing lacing up his ice skates. Why? He's going to skate out of this like Dorothy Hamill.

    November 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
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