MIAMI (CBS4) – Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on Wednesday condemned the leak of disciplinary records for 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.  The junior at Michael Krop Senior High School was shot and killed by a community crimewatch member in Central Florida last month.

CBS4 News Partner The Miami Herald, quoting from school police reports and other sources, has revealed that Martin was suspended from school on three occasions.  In one case he spray painted an obscene acronym on a school locker.  In another he was caught, the paper reports, with a plastic baggie containing marijuana residue.  In a third case he was suspended for tardiness and absences.

“I think it’s shameful that people are having access, unlawful access, to privileged and private information about children,” Carvalho said in an interview with CBS4’s Luis Zabala.

Carvalho said Trayvon’s disciplinary record is irrelevant to the circumstances of his killing, which the school superintendent has characterized as “an injustice.”

In a piece written for the paper, Carvalho took the killing personally, calling it the “senseless death of one of my students.”  The superintendent said he was “outraged by the violent act,” adding that the “failure of authorities to properly investigate this tragedy is inexcusable.”

Carvalho on Wednesday said he has written the Department of Justice “to demand that a thorough review of this investigation takes place.”

The schools boss said Wednesday he’s disturbed by what he called the “secrecy” of police and prosecutors in Central Florida regarding their handling of the case.  The police chief in Sanford, where the killing occurred, has said investigators determined the shooter, George Zimmerman, acted in self-defense under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.  The police chief has since stepped aside, while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and an outside State Attorney

The Herald has reported that investigators recommended Zimmerman be charged in the shooting.  It is not clear why their recommendation was not followed or who made the call not to arrest the man, known for his frequent calls to police reporting people in the neighborhood he believed to be suspicious.

Trayvon was not armed when Zimmerman confronted him.  The boy was returning from a convenience store where he had bought a box of Skittles candy.

The killing has sparked outrage nationwide on the part of civil rights groups and many political leaders, who have condemned the shooting and slammed Florida’s stand your ground statute that allows citizens to use deadly force to defend themselves, with no duty to first attempt retreat.

Comments (37)
  1. maxmaxwell says:

    so this is the same guy who swore an illegal immigrant wouldn’t be deported over his dead body?? And isn’t marijuana posession near a school a felony??
    Ohhhh that;s right not for football players……………..hmmmmm

    1. wonderwomanmom says:

      Trayvon did NOT play football for Krop. It didn’t say he had marijuana. It said he had an empty bag with residue. Big difference.

      1. Tbone says:

        Only reason for residue is he either smoked or sold it. You people are jumpin the gun, the kid was troubled

    2. Justice4trayvon says:

      George Zimmerman got arrested for assaulting a police officer in 2005…isn’t that a felony? If we are going to judge Trayvon for having marijuana residue maybe we should take into account that Zimmerman ASSAULTED A POLICE OFFICER. Sure Sounds like the type of person who does not trust police officers to do their jobs.

      1. ahab says:

        Or the type of person, who shouldn’t have a gun, in the first place.

      2. missalex01 says:

        Wow..didn’t know this, but its so much easy to make someone who cannot speak for themselves guilty. I know a black guy who assulted a cop, after we watched the cop and his partner beat him with their sticks, he fought them off and tried to run, then shot him and he is still in prison, this happened in 1971, so how is it you can actually assalt a cop today and be free?

      3. Nick says:

        From what I read Zimmerman was arrested for interfering with an arrest and pushed a police officer. No that is not a felony. It is a misdemeanor.

    3. CarlaGal06 says:

      Wow, I find it sad that someone has to be defended, after they were murdered in cold blood. All of the facts point to a senseless killing, so what if he smoked pot, most of the pot bought in all of the us is purchased by white kids… This country is moving backwards and I pray that the People of African Decent get wise to that fact and pool together for a change. It’s time to go back to the old days of demonstrations

      1. Big Ed says:

        I pray that people of African decent start placing a value on family, education and hard work. Think that will happen?

  2. RANDRAND says:


  3. MD says:

    As school superintendent Carvalho is right to be livid over records leaks from his department. As a private citizen he has no more knowledge than anyone else as to the investigation. I don’t remember the police chief making any statement regarding the innocence of the shooter under the self defense law. It has in fact been reported that the police department asked the state attorney for an arrest warrant. Mr Carvalho has a right to his opinion as does everybody else, but his self serving statements about “one of my students” are only going to fan the flames even more. It’s time to let the state and federal justice departments finish their investigations.

  4. MIA says:

    Carvalho is playing the game that many play – be “very angry” about something to distract from his own incompetence.

    He himself has been accused of racism and I personally do not like the tone he takes with Black females. He has a superiority complex.

  5. Sporty says:

    I don’t care how the truth comes out….Zimmerman was a registered democrat…is of spanish and black descent….but he was light-skinned so maybe we can call it white-on-black rascist hate crime and get away with it. Zimmerman was getting beat-up by Trayvon before he was shot. Self-defense pure and simple.

  6. Candance Bailey says:

    Sporty – Then Zimmerman should have listened to the 911 when they told him to stay put!!! instead he had to confront him if Zimmerman had just listened none of this would have happened…

    1. truthwillsetyoufree says:

      If Trayvon had simply said “I’m visiting my dad in the townhouse down the way” instead of breaking the guy’s nose and trying to bust his head against the sidewalk none of this would’ve happened….

      1. whythemlord says:

        we do not know who jumped who. Stop making things up.

  7. stopyourwhining says:

    So, I can follow you on a dark night, and keep at even though you try to evade and avoid me…then when I catch up with you….approach you with aggression and A GUN….then when you “stand your ground” and try and find out what is going on, then I can shoot you because, well…you’re black Sporty….I have the right to chase you, insult your character, threaten you…right?…it’s the american way, right?…it’s YOUR way, right Sporty?

    1. Justice says:

      When you are in my gated community and I do not recognize you I will ask you your name. If this makes you angry and you confront me then begin to attack….it doesn’t matter what race you are then. You are simply going to get dealt with.
      Any american would do the same…don’t start no trouble don’t get no trouble.

  8. Jesse Jackson says:

    Well I am heading back home now. This was all just a big waste of my time. I had it when the facts get in the way of a good old fashioned muck raking.

    I’ll see you when I see you!

  9. suibne says:

    Socialist public schools should all be shut down. He is angry because the truth about this person got out. Now all the black bigots are flipping in the wind. Hilarious. Pulblic schools………hilarious.

    1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

      As I always say, “If you can read this, thank a VOUcher!”.

  10. Tim Thomas says:

    Public School = Public Records. You take Public Money You Have No Right To Secrecy! You hide behind this BS to protect a little thug!

  11. Pat says:

    A SLUG for a THUG!

  12. Pat says:

    I remember when Dr King was shot and I was in the Army. Black soldiers on post were going around and beating up whites on post. I know because I was there and got beat up. You wont find that anywhere in the history books.

    1. AECOOL says:

      Thank you for your service…I too fought the Cold War to the conclusion and beyond.
      It is our duty to write the truth…when our time limits of promised silence expire.
      Wish I could say more…one day.

  13. Allan says:

    In all these blogs and the news, I have not yet heard as to wether or not the 911 dispatcher has the authority to tell anyone anything except on how to give cpr/ medical advise etc… A 911 dispatcher has no authority because they are simply that. A dicspatcher. They are not the police, they are dispatchers that make around $12 an hour. Hardly a police officer. I am anemergency dispatcher and we are not allowed to give such advice. Only a police officer that dispatches police officers can give that kind of advice. We had a couple of those guys once but they have all retired.

    1. AECOOL says:

      Zero authority in Florida unless you call police directly…only recommendations.

  14. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    Did he express outrage before of after he said, “Say chhhhello to my leelte freng!”

    1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

      Jeez, WTH is wrong with this keyboard!?! “before OR after he said, “Say chhhello to my leetle freng!”

  15. Brock says:

    the school superintendent is LIVID about te school records released,
    but he wants all arrest records released.

    If he knew of Trayvon’s existence, it was only due to disciplinary problems

    Just a little hypocritical.

  16. Country Gal says:

    What was Trayvon doing in the gated community? Did he or his family live
    there? Why did he have the hood up? Surely isn’t cold in Florida in March.
    There are a lot of questions that need to be answered before the Reverends,
    the loving parents, black actors, “concerned” principal” , etc. work together to
    destroy the “white” Hispanic Zimmerman. Obama is half white, but he is called black. How is this designation made? So many questions, so few answers. IMO Zimmerman was in his place, Martin was out of his.

  17. Jenn says:

    The attack occurred in February, and yes, it can be quite chilly on a February evening in Florida, especially when it is raining, as it was doing.

    From the evidence I have seen so far, I don’t see any grounds to arrest Zimmerman. But I do hope that all of the evidence is presented to a grand jury to decide if charges should be filed.

    In the end I don’t think the supporters of Trayvon really want “justice,” they want retribution or revenge…which is not the same thing. If Zimmerman did attack Trayvon unprovoked…he should go to jail, and that would be justice. But if Trayvon attacked him from behind as he claims and then proceeded to throw the first punch…despite the stupidity of his following Trayvon…I think he should be found innocent.

  18. Steve says:

    Soon someone is going to compare the jewelry taken from Martin by the school cop in Miami to the burglary reports in the Sanford community area Zimmerman “patrolled” Then the fun begins…….

  19. SeekingtheTruth says:

    This is a tragedy. Trayvon is dead and G. Zimmerman’s life will never be the same. I read everything I could on this subject and have yet to make a final judgement because in the end, a child still lays dead behind this incident. I’m trying my best not to make this a black/white issue. I’m hearing comments from both sides of the races. Everyone has their opions and we all know that opions are not based on facts. But consider this. Let put aside the fact the Trayon was Black and G. Zimmerman is White/Hispanic.. Let’s flip it. Picture G. Zimmerman as a Black man and picture Trayvon as YOUR son (whether White or Black). Now tell me the truth. How do you feel? You want justice correct. Well that’s all his parents want is justice. The Truth. As for my race, some see me as mixed, some as black. When I look in the mirror, I see ME.

  20. The Working Man says:

    Obama’s sons are ridiculous, but even worse are the Liberals who enable them. It’s at every level from politician to the common liberal who got duped in high school or college into believing that we’re all somehow the same. Get over it, we’re not.

    It must suck to be among of the 10% of blacks (a high percentage, I’m giving them the benefit of doubt) who can function in a civilized society. The rest are just bantu tribesmen bent on breeding and violence.

    Wake….The….Fück….Up. Blacks never will, we must. You want tolerance? Lets stop TOLERATING their behavior and their “culture.”

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