Student walk-out for Trayvon gets out of control
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- While many students walked out of class to protest the shooting of Trayvon Martin, others decided to use it as an opportunity to run wild.
North Miami Beach High School students scheduled a walkout march in North Miami Beach last Friday.
During the march, surveillance video at a Walgreens on Northeast 163rd Street showed approximately 100 students from the school veering off and storming into the store. The students can be seen running up and down the aisles for about five minutes.
An assistant principal appears moments later and orders the students back outside.
No crimes were captured on camera; however, the floors of the Walgreens were littered with items from the shelves, indicating the students knocked over the products.
Police say some of the items were knocked over accidentally but a candle display inside the store was deliberately damaged and some merchandise was stolen. The damage is estimated at $1,000.
Some of the students involved with the protest are disappointed their fellow classmates took away from the purpose of the march. "They were taking the name of Trayvon Martin and thinking they could do anything they want," said student protester Jamel Thomas.
"Yeah, they grabbed like bags of Skittles and stuff, throwing it at the police car," said student protester Kayosha White.
North Miami Beach Police did not wish to comment about the incident on camera. The department released a statement, saying they support protests and freedom of speech and will protect anyone in a protest march, but the incident was over the line.
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