Students At Delaware High School Permitted To Wear Hoodies In Honor Of Trayvon Martin

NEW CASTLE, Del. (CBS) – From Love Park, to the House floor, and churches throughout the country, hoodies have become a symbol for Trayvon Martin.

On Friday, students at William Penn High School in New Castle, Delaware were permitted to wear hoodies because of 18-year-old Warren Veney Jr.

“We’re hoping as they see people wearing hoodies, they’ll say, ‘What is this about and what does it stand for,’” said Veney.

“It’s highly commendable and noble, that it was done in a dignified and respectful manner,” said Principal Jeff Menzer.

Warren worked with the principal and the administrator of academic affairs, to petition for one day in which students could show their support for the 17-year-old Florida teen who police say was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman hasn’t been charged with a crime more than a month sense the shooting. He maintains he shot the teen in self-defense.

“To actually have the murderer say he did it and something not be done is crazy and it’s not understandable why something wasn’t done about it,” remarked Veney.

Ninth grader Damire Drummond added an empty skittles bag and a ice tea wrapper to his outfit. That’s what police say Martin was carrying before he was gunned down.

Right before an interview with 17-year-old Gabrielle Jamelkowski, a student walked by her and told Jamelkowski she was the only white person wearing a hoodie.

“It made me feel like, ‘Why would you say that kind of thing,’” said Jamelkowski. “It’s understandable too. I mean, the African-American community is really supportive of it and I’ve noticed some white people are a little more hesitant towards it.”

At a school where more than 50 percent of the students are black, the organizer of the demonstration says it’s not about race.

“We’re not showing race,” said Veney. “We’re not choosing a side, we’re just choosing the side that something should have been done quicker.”

The students at William Penn were able to quietly voice their opinions, joining the millions of others who continue to march, protest, and wear hoodies for Trayvon Martin.

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One Comment

  1. Gabrielle says:

    Wow really? I honestly don’t believe you all can say this. This shouldn’t be about race, it doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, puerto rican, mexican, blue or plaid. This is about coming together to support people who lost a son/brother/friend. People like you all disgust me. Seriously grow up, no one deserves to die especially over that. If Zimmerman felt threatened he should have called the cops. But no, he racial profiled Trayvon and acted with out thinking. And honestly he should not have been allowed to even carry a concealed weapon with his background. And saying the black students break the rules, there were not only black students breaking the rules, there was a plethora of races who wore their hoods up yesterday. So know what you’re talking about before you open your biased uneducated mouth.

  2. TTRweqq12QQWqweWgRhq says:

    T ra y on deserved it.

    1. Sanity says:

      Hw sure did. The prin cipal is a co wa rd for allowing those r a z ist bla ck s too de nts to break the rules to supp ort a t h ug.

      And the M SM are de spi cable for spreading lies about the case. He’s the next R odney Ki ng in their eyes.

  3. Bill says:

    Hoodies are a symbol of a gangsta’ style of life. Violence, mistreatment of women all are part of this corrupt lifestyle. The seven black men who robbed and pistol whipped an Oriental man last week in Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia were all wearing hoodies. They forced his wife to crawl like a dog into her own home. It is all on tape and there is no outrage over this henious assault. Depravity is what hoodies stand for in the opinion of intelligent and aware people.

    1. bvw says:

      Bill, that video is chilling. Every one of those six thugs looks like Trayvon in his hoodie.

      The story and video here:

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