Skip to comments.College Expels George Zimmerman Following Trayvon Martin Shooting
Posted on 03/22/2012 10:53:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In light of Trayvon Martins death, Seminole State College has expelled George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin. The college released a statement Thursday addressing the high-profile controversy citing student safety as the sole reason.
The statement said:
Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw Mr. Zimmerman from enrollment. [...] This decision is based solely on our responsibility to provide for the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Zimmerman was working toward an Associate in Arts degree:
Zimmerman, 28, first enrolled at the college in 2003 and was working toward a vocational certificate to become an insurance agent. He re-enrolled in 2009 and was working toward an Associate in Arts degree in a general studies program, according to the college.
I don’t recall it stopping several departments and agencies in the case of Joe the Plumber. Remember?
I rather doubt that Mr. Zimmerman has been to class since the incident took place anyway. Given the circumstances I’m sure that the college would have deploy the campus police to protect him if he were to attend class and it is unreasonable to expect a college to go to such lengths for a single student.
At this point his presence in school would only be a disruption, and the other students in his classes deserve to have their class material delivered without such distractions.
However, I hope that the college refunded his tuition and provided him with a mark on his transcript that will not reflect poorly on his academic performance. Whatever else he may be guilty of is immaterial, there is no justifiable reason for him to suffer adverse consequences within the context of his academic efforts.
What about the Jewish and Latino/Cuban vote? It’s a Trifecta, I say!
A young kid is dead and this guy’s life is ruined.
In the mean time, let’s try to score as many political points as we possibly can out of a tragic situation, shall we?
“The city has already convicted him in the press and now this. I wouldnt mind being his civil lawyer. Id be mansion, Jaguar and houseboat shopping.”
Richard Jewell anyone?! I guess the MSM didn’t learn from that one.
There’s these new things called “the Internet” and “personal computers” where Mr. Zimmerman could take classes from home.
Vaguely. Some state employee was fired in that case, maybe?
According to the initial police report, Martin was 3 inches taller than Zimmerman.
Out of dozens that abused their positions to look up and spread his personal information, IIRC.
You’re assuming that Mr. Zimmerman was taking classes that can be delivered online. At this point (mid semester) it is far too late for him to simply transfer into a different class that is delivered online. In order to make such a transition the college would have to make some sort of special exception for him which he is certainly not entitled to.
Not entitled to? Oh, because he “killed that boy” a month ago? Did the jury already come back on that? If the school admits it is a “safety issue” they ought to make an accomodation for such a student until such time that he is convicted of something. Or is that not how we do things anymore?
I suspect the late Mr Jewell would be several pay grades above Zimmerman.
The MSM didn’t think so at the time. They made him out to be some vigilante idiot.
Mr. Zimmerman’s predicament is one of his own creation. Actions have consequences, a fact which I would expect that any conservative can appreciate. I presume if he feels he is being treated unfairly that there is some sort of grievance procedure at the college he was attending, and I have no reason to think that he will not be afforded the same due process afforded to any other student.
This is not a criminal justice issue, it exists independently of whatever legal consequences he may be facing. I see no reason to think that the college in question should be obligated to wait for the outcome of any legal proceeding before acting in what they perceive to be the best interests of their institution. Mr. Zimmerman has no ‘right’ to attend college, any more than you or I do. If the administrators at the Seminole State College feel that his presence is in some way disruptive, then they are fully within their rights to take whatever actions they feel the situation warrants, and I see no reason to second guess their judgment.
And again, you are assuming that there is an accommodation that could be made. Not every class is available online, and furthermore, as I stated before, it is the middle of an academic term. There is simply no way that Mr. Zimmerman could move from one class to another at this point without the college taking steps to facilitate such a transition that they would never take for any other student. Mr. Zimmerman is not entitled to any kind of special treatment merely because he is a suspect in a criminal investigation.
I am certain that no other student would be afforded such treatment and I certainly see no reason why Mr. Zimmerman should be treated any differently from any other person whose presence had become disruptive to the learning environment.
However, as I stated before, I would expect that in such a situation his tuition would be refunded in full and he would be provided with marks on his transcript that do not reflect poorly on his academic performance.
I agree. This should have been handled in private, and may constitute grounds for a future lawsuit against the school by Mr. Zimmerman. I believe the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) may be authoritative in this matter.
I think Revolting means the police report has Martin 3" shorter than what the Free Zumia lobby has been claiming.
And Zimmerman is also 7" taller ie not a 5'2" hobbit.
If Zimmerman is exonerated, the school may very well wind up being named “George Zimmerman University” when it’s all over.
That is what this is really about!!!
It is the match that will light the black vote in November...You know, never let a good crisis go to waist.
Racism, political correctness, gun control, and vote getting all wrapped into one crisis....
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