California history teacher poses as Trayvon Martin in yearbook photo, with hoodie and Skittles

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NY Daily News: A California history teacher has stirred up controversy by posing for a yearbook photo as Trayvon Martin.

Spencer Smith, who’s taught at Brentwood’s Heritage High School for several years, dressed up as the slain Florida teen for the snap. He donned a pulled-down hoodie and held a bag of Skittles candy in his left hand to make the political statement.

It’s unclear exactly why Smith decided to pose as the tragic teenager gunned down by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in 2012.

But reactions to his picture have been mixed.

Alfreda Charway, the high school’s Black Student Union President, said it was “a good idea because he’s expressing himself.” “Because that’s the whole point of yearbook pictures, you’re supposed to express yourself,” Charway told KTVU.

Sophomore Amber McKim thought it was “ok that he did it, just not in the yearbook.”

Parents, however, thought it was “inappropriate.” One mom, who didn’t want to be named, said: “This is supposed to be capturing the best moments of the year. And all positive things.”

Zimmerman, tried for murdering Martin last summer, was acquitted in the racially charged case.

Smith has not commented on the picture. The school’s principal said he would investigate the issue before releasing a statement.


Gee, I wonder why he didn’t post like this?


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He forgot the Arizona Ice Tea for making “Purple Drink” with the Skittles…


Where else but freakin’ California! And they wonder why they’re referred to as “The Land of the Fruits and Nuts”……


Take it fr me..educated/credentialed to teach in VA/WVA/MD/PA—-teacher credentialing in CA is WAY diff. than in most states….esp the East (which, BTW…INVENTED the higher education in this country…say, even b/f the Revolution..) In most other states, you’re degreed w/education major for undergraduate BS/BA: you get an early ed (childhood) “double E” credential (K-2…for which you are essentially a reading specialist) or an elementary credential (3-5)…or a secondary (6-12) for which you also must earn single subject major for your credential. The state has a credentialling specialist w/whom you meet if a district wants to hire you…to see if you have… Read more »


Lucifer invented the race card and all who buy into it are pawned out suckers…

Dr. Eowyn

Thank you, SNIPPY, for the link. However, this is where DC Clothesline got the post, so *this* (FOTM) is the original source!

Kevin Lankford

Does this teacher want to follow in the footsteps of the student?


It will be an instructive day when –that is, IF– the truth of the original situation ever comes out. The only one who can tell us that truth is the survivor, and his present state of well-being is dependent on his silence. But some transformative event may yet cause him to divulge this truth, and those of us still living who can recall that time will then re-evaluate their position on it.

Life is short, but truth is forever.