Did Trayvon Martin Get What He Deserved?

Further complications have emerged in the story of the mysterious death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Specifically, previous information about Trayvon Martin’s suspension – which was allegedly for “tardiness” – has now been reported to be incomplete by the Miami Herald.

Moreover, following a week of coverage suggesting the teen was spitefully attacked in cold blood, more details are now emerging as a statement by the shooter, George Zimmerman, suggests there may have been more of a confrontation than was believed at first.

First, Martin’s school suspension record. According to an investigation by the Miami Herald, Martin was suspended twice – once in October of last year for graffiti, and prior to the shooting for possession of a bag with traces of marijuana and a “marijuana pipe.” Martin was also found in possession of some jewelry and what the Herald describes as a “burglary tool,” though these items were not convincingly established as being owned by Martin himself, following an independent investigation by police.

Both offenses, which would fall under the umbrellas of “vandalism” and “possession or use of alcohol and/or controlled substances,” would be sufficient to merit ten day suspensions under district policy. Martin was apparently also suspended at an indeterminate time in the past for tardiness and/or truancy, though the Herald does not specify for how long.

Martin’s family and family attorney have dismissed the charges as attempts at “demonizing” him. As contrary evidence, they cite a previous school’s wish for Martin to remain there because he was a good student.

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Harvard Hosts “Slut Pride”

Grandma may be proud that you’re going to Harvard Law…you just might not want to tell her that while paying $47,600 a year for tuition, you are also spending time at the “Sex-Positivity and Slut-Pride” workshops.

Harvard University kicks off Sex Week this Monday, coordinated by the student-run organization Sexual Health Education & Advocacy throughout Harvard College (SHEATH). What is Sex Week at Harvard? An event website explains:

“Sex Week at Harvard intends to promote a week of programming that is interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, scholastic, innovative, and applicable to student experiences in order to promote a holistic understanding of sex and sexuality. Our goal is to connect diverse individuals and communities both within and beyond Harvard through common human experiences with love, sex, sexuality, and relationships. Sex Week 2012 will be held the last week of March, March 25-31.”

One of the event’s sponsors is the Harvard chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice(LSRJ). The Harvard LSRJ will sponsor and lead several events during the week, including co-hosting Monday’s “Sex-Positivity and Slut-Pride: Sex Tips for a Modern World from Good Vibrations.” The event description reads:

“Join HLSRJ and Good Vibrations for a short discussion of sex-positivity, a demo of lube and some popular sex toys, then Q&A. Free Food!”

No details on where to wash your hands before the food.

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