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Mother of Trayvon Martin honored for transforming ‘family tragedy into social change’

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, who was honored Wednesday by the Miami-Dade Schools.
Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, who was honored Wednesday by the Miami-Dade Schools. AP

The Miami-Dade County School Board on Wednesday honored Sybrina Fulton for her advocacy after her son Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watchman, prompting the country to reflect on race relations.

Trayvon, 17, was a Miami-Dade student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High when he was fatally shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford in Central Florida.

“When this unfortunate tragedy happened to my son, I can be the first one to tell you that I wanted to give up,” Fulton said Wednesday. “But I knew that that would not make anything change.”

Fulton and her family have launched a foundation to bring attention to racial and gender profiling and how violence impacts families and children. School board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall presented Fulton with a proclamation recognizing her for her work.

“Since Trayvon's passing Ms. Fulton has been able to transform this family tragedy into social change,’’ Bendross-Mindingall said.

Martin was spending time with his father after being suspended from school when he was killed. School board member Raquel Regalado noted that the school district is reevaluating its discipline policies.

“Your son’s name is remembered,” Regalado said. She added: “As a district, we’re cognizant of the need to change outdoor suspension.”

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