Black Palm Beach County teens discuss life after Zimmerman verdict

Urban League hosted discussion Tuesday


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Black Palm Beach County teenagers are asking some serious questions about the potential impact of the George Zimmerman 'not guilty' verdict in their own lives.

The Urban League held a discussion for local teenagers to ask questions about the verdict, about current state law and about how the case could create a ripple effect in communities throughout Florida.

"A few days ago - boom - not guilty. Wow," said Trevor Rogers, 17, of Lake Worth. Rogers, who attended the discussion Tuesday evening, is about the same age Trayvon Martin when Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman last year.

"If that happened to me, how would I go about it?," he wondered.

A few dozen teens were asking questions about what the verdict may mean for them.

"They are not looking to become the next Trayvon," said Patrick Franklin, President & CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County.

"We want them to feel that they can avoid it and we want to show them how to avoid it," he said.

The Urban League facilitated the discussion between the young people, their parents, attorneys and local civic and civil rights leaders.

"When they see his picture, it looks like a friend of theirs, it looks like someone they know," said Franklin.

Many of the teens present said they accepted the Zimmerman verdict. However, they remain weary about being able to avoid a situation similar to that of Trayvon Martin.

"I think it's just something to learn for the future, just in case something else happens like this and we know what to do," said Rogers.

Organizers of the event say this was the first in a series of discussions about this topic.





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