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College Expels George Zimmerman Following Trayvon Martin Shooting

In light of Trayvon Martin‘s death, Seminole State College has expelled George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin. The college released a statement Thursday addressing the “high-profile controversy” — citing student safety as the sole reason.

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The statement said:

“Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw Mr. Zimmerman from enrollment. […] This decision is based solely on our responsibility to provide for the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman.”

The Orlando Sentinel reports Zimmerman was working toward an Associate in Arts degree:

Zimmerman, 28, first enrolled at the college in 2003 and was working toward a vocational certificate to become an insurance agent. He re-enrolled in 2009 and was working toward an Associate in Arts degree in a general studies program, according to the college.

(H/T Orlando Sentinel via The Grio)

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