Michigan Teacher Claims She Was Fired for Trayvon Martin Fundraiser

By Mary Collins

Michigan Teacher Claims She Was Fired for Trayvon Martin Fundraiser

April 11, 2012 Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 8:06 AM EST

PONTIAC, MI., (Indiana's NewsCenter)--- A teacher fired from a Michigan middle school after encouraging students to raise money for the family of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin wants an eplaination from the school's administration.

Brooke Harris was dismissed from Pontiac Academy for Excellence after she supported students' efforts to plan a wear-a-hoodie-to-school day. Martin was wearing a hoodie Feb. 26 when he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

Harris' students wanted to raise money for Martin's family and asked the school's administrators if they could each pay $1 to wear hoodies instead of school uniforms for a day.

The 26-year-old English teacher said she approached school administrators, but that Superintendent Jacqueline Cassell said the project could not go forward. Harris said she was in the process of explaining this decision to the students when she was called for a meeting with Cassell.

The superintendent suspended Harris for encouraging the students and then fired her after she showed up at the school to drop off prizes for students when she had been told to stay away.




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