A teacher in California poses in the high school yearbook as Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie with a bag of Skittles in hand, which has stirred scrutiny. The history teacher is also facing questions from students.
Spencer Smith, a history teacher at Heritage High School in the Bay Area city of Brentwood, isn’t the first member of the black community to wear a hoodie to honor the memory of Martin.
On May 23, the New York Daily News reported that students at the school have mixed opinions about it. While many voicing support, others seemed dubious of Smith’s motives. Smith himself hasn’t publicly commented on the photo, but he’s gotten a lot of press for it already.
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.”
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.