Rooha Hagharmehdiabadi was giving her graduation speech in the Emmett J. Conrad High School, but as soon as she mentioned the names of two black teens who were killed several years ago, her microphone stopped working.
Seconds before Principal Temesghen Asmerom is seen pinching his throat and giving someone a thumbs up signal.
After the valedictorian leaves the podium, the principle takes the mic, which miraculously starts working again.
According to the school’s officials, the incident is being investigated.
12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police officers in 2014. 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer n in 2012. Both were black.
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The mother of the unarmed black teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012 has formally announced her candidacy to run for local office. (May 20)
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Honoring their son with his likeness on their shirts, the parents of Trayvon Martin attended the world premiere of the documentary series, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” at the Tribeca Film Festival. (April 21)
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Nearly five years after the death of Trayvon Martin, Patrisse Cullors, one of the three founders of Black Lives Matter and author of her recently-released memoir “When They Call you a Terrorist,” explains how the controversial verdict for George Zimmerman sparked a social justice movement that made headlines around the world.
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Rallies, marches, and protests continued in Ferguson and Saint Louis ahead of Michael Brown’s funeral today. VICE News spent the weekend speaking to people about what’s next for the city and the movement against police brutality and racism.
On Saturday, NAACP members and supporters marched through Ferguson. On Sunday, the annual Saint Louis “Peace Fest” turned into a tribute to the slain teenager attended by community leaders, Brown’s family, and the parents of Trayvon Martin — who spoke with the crowd about ending all violence, not just that perpetrated by police.
Residents and activists pledged to carry on their fight for justice beyond Brown’s burial, while the teen’s father asked the public for a day of “silence” — and no protests — today.
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