Today was Hoodie Day at Longfellow School in Berkeley. Students and teachers at the middle school wore hoodies in memory of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26.
The class of teacher Erin Schweng also had skittles and Arizona Tea, both items Martin was carrying when he died.
“We talked about what happened, and how what we’re doing today is just a small thing but that it shows solidarity and support,” said Schweng. “Our middle school students are young people with heart, passion, and a budding activism all their own.”
The public demonstration followed a rally by Berkeley High School yesterday at which several hundred students marched to Old City Hall, many of them also wearing hoodies for their symbolic value.