SANFORD (CBSMiami) – Trayvon Martin was in Sanford the night he was shot to death because he had been suspended from school, and his father wanted to spend time with him about it. School officials would only say the suspension had nothing to do with violence. Now, his family has confirmed it was about drugs.
Ryan Julison, a spokesperson for Treyvon’s family, confirmed reports that surfaced Monday blaming the suspension on a plastic baggie found in Trayvon’s bookbag.
When school officials examined it, they found marijuana residue. Under Miami-Dade school drug zero-tolerance rules, that was enough to pull Trayvon a suspension.
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“Whatever Trayvon Martin was suspended for had absolutely no bearing on what happened on the night of February 26th,” said family attorney Benjamin Crump.
His mother was angry and emotional when she met reporters just after 2 p.m.
“First, they killed my son,” said his mother, Sybrina Fulton. “Now, they’re trying to kill his reputation.”
The family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, said the release of the suspension information is an attempt to “demonize” Traymon.
Trayvon was at he father’s girlfriend’s home with his father the night he was shot, and had left during a break in the All Star game to get Skittles for himself and an iced tea for his brother.
He was shot in an alleged confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.