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Local college discusses Trayvon Martin Case

Florida Coastal School of Law holds forum on case for students, professors

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local law school gave students the chance to tackle one of the most heated cases the year, the death of Trayvon Martin.

The Florida Coastal School of Law held a forum Wednesday night to open the floor for student discussion.

"We thought it'd be a good idea to put the forum on, because after all the happenings with Trayvon Martin, there's been a lot of chattering going on," said FCSL student Anthony Mormon.

Students pushed for the school to hold a discussion after the State Attorney's office filed charges against George Zimmerman a week ago.

"The Trayvon Martin case has been out of control, it's taken over media, and obviously taken over a lot of classroom discussions," said FCSL student Madelyn Pittman.

A panel of five professors ran the forum. For nearly two hours they answered the stream of questions from their students, like the inevitable question of race.

One student asked, "If Trayvon Martin was white, would he still be alive?"

"I think the professors addressed it very honestly, and I think it's a factor, one for consideration, but at the end of the day, as they've said repeatedly, it goes back to the facts," said FCSL student Chelsi Henry.