DiwataMan has put together a great timeline for the various media-spun stories surrounding Trayvon Martin, and his interactions with School Officials and the Miami-Dade School Police Department.
Martin was out of school because he was suspended for a week, and his father told the Herald that he brought him to Sanford “to disconnect and get his priorities straight.”
His father took Trayvon there[Sanford] after the junior was suspended for 10 days from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High.
The family has refused to say why Trayvon was suspended, only offering that Trayvon had violated some type of school policy. They said his act was not violent or criminal.
“I wanted him to get back focused on his priorities, his goals,” Martin said of his decision to drive to Sanford with his son. “I wanted some one-on-one time.”
Trayvon was under a five-day suspension when he was shot that Sunday night, but Kypriss[Michelle Kypriss, Trayvon’s English teacher at Dr. Michael M. Krop] said it was due to tardiness and not misbehavior.
“Trayvon was not a violent or dangerous child. He was not known for misbehaving,” the teacher said. “He was suspended because he was late too many times.”
Still, Trayvon had nonviolent behavioral issues in school, and on the day he was killed, he had been suspended for 10 days from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in North Miami-Dade.
“He was not suspended for something dealing with violence or anything like that. It wasn’t a crime he committed, but he was in an unauthorized area [on school property],” Martin said, declining to offer more details.
Martin, 17, was suspended by Miami-Dade County schools because traces of marijuana were found in a plastic baggie in his book bag, family spokesman Ryan Julison said.
In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.
Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald.
Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer acknowledged that the boy was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.
Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.
Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend. “Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.
Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.
Trayvon, who was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, had never been arrested, police and the family have said.
“Martin was suspended, warned and dismissed for the graffiti,” according to the report prepared by schools police.
That suspension was followed four months later by another one in February, in which Trayvon was caught with an empty plastic bag with traces of marijuana in it. A schools police report obtained by The Miami Herald specifies two items: a bag with marijuana residue and a “marijuana pipe.”
The punishment was the third for the teen. On Monday, the family also said Trayvon had earlier been suspended for tardiness and truancy.
Also Monday, state Department of Juvenile Justice confirmed that Martin does not have a juvenile offender record. The information came after a public records request by The Associated Press.
Anyone else find it kind of funny that the Department of Juvenile Justice says Trayvon does not have a juvenile offender record yet somehow Frances Robles of the Miami Herald is able to get reports about Trayvon from the Miami-Dade Schools Police (M-DSPD)?
Were the police not forwarding the information on Trayvon Martin from the school to the center? (About Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department http://www.miamidade.gov/juvenileservices/about.asp)(http://www.djj.state.fl.us/home)
Oh and Trayvon had never been arrested? Gee, what a coincidence, because the system is specifically set up to keep it from going down that road.
Is it just a coincidence that on Feb 21 when Tracy sent Trayvon to stay with Brandy Trayvon’s cousin tweeted this?:
I don’t think so brothers and sisters. I think Trayvon was suspended for 10 days for some sort of incident with a school bus driver on Feb 21.
My guess is the school, M-DSPD, Trayvon’s parents and the bus driver all agreed to keep in line with the philosophy of keeping kids out of the system, probably gave the bus driver some compensation and Tracy and Sybrina said they would get Trayvon out-of-town [Miami Gardens] for a while.
Since Tracy was working and had the Freemason convention to attend on the following weekend [Orlando] he shipped Trayvon up to Sanford to stay with [girlfriend] Brandy who would also be attending the convention.
DiwataMan’s website is available here and contains a large volume of data resources for this ongoing story.
The Tip Of The iceberg – Knowing what we know now about the controversy that erupted within the M-DSPD immediately following the Trayvon Martin shooting, and against the backdrop of their “diversion program” in the national spotlight of the Juvenile Justice System, it appears the Trayvon incident might just be the tip of the iceberg.
Many people close to events in Miami were/are wondering how Police Chief Hurley avoided criminal investigation for his decisions within the Miami Dade School Police Dept. Indeed, even though he was removed from his position he was never subjected to a criminal investigation, and yet there are some serious allegations against him.
Hurley’s relationship with School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho might be the key that unlocks the door to that question. But, that would take an actual investigation. Carvalho appears unwilling to advance discipline toward the former Chief.
But for the sake of this discussion/consideration lets just wrap it up this way. The Miami-Dade Juvenile Justice diversion program was a source of much political pride, and there was significant pressure on the people within the system to maintain the optic of program effectiveness. A considerable amount of money (funding), clout (awards), and political capital was/is on the line within the complex systems surrounding the Miami-Dade programs.
It appears the “system” grew to such an extent, failure, or even the optic of possible failure, could not be an option. Obviously within a system containing that much political pressure there are bound to be people who take action to cover flaws or hide outcomes which do not support the optic of national success.
To the extent that Trayvon’s behavior made him one of the statistics within such a system the sunlight of failure becomes a political liability. Such is the case with the Dept of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) being send en masse specifically to Miami-Dade in advance of any outcome for the George Zimmerman case.
There is a lot of “credibility” on the line for the Local, State, and even National Law Enforcement community. If known violent juvenile offenders were allowed to skirt the system to keep up the political appearance of valid statistics, well, that wouldn’t look too good would it.
That same tenuous grip on credibility is yet another weighted pressure upon the false prosecution of George Zimmerman.