PORTLAND -- The PTA at King School is encouraging its students to wear a hoodie to school on Friday in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, who was wearing one when he was killed in Florida.
Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton had planned to appear at a weekend symposium sponsored by the Black Parent Initiative. She has had to cancel because of an unexpected emergency, according to a report in the Portland Observer.
George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, unarmed, sparking national outrage and a trial that cleared Zimmerman of any criminal wrongdoing.
"I think if kids decide they wish to show their solidarity in this way it will be because it feels right to them and it feels good to them," said PPS spokeswoman Erin Hoover Barnett.
However, the school and the district has no connection to the PTA effort, pointed out head PPS spokeswoman Christine Miles. The focus at the school remains on "learning and the classroom activities like they do every day," she said.
Still, the idea of the hoodie day angered some parents whose children attend the K-8 school.
"It's astounding to even think someone would introduce this to elementary kids being that it was a teenager who was killed," said one father of a young child. "It's just too much."
"This has been a very painful experience," said Hoover Barnett. "Its created a dialogue that's important in our country."