Michigan teacher says she was fired over Trayvon fundraiser

 A national civil rights group is calling on a Pontiac charter school to reinstate a teacher who said she was fired for helping students organize a fundraiser to benefit the family of Trayvon Martin.

Brooke Harris, the fired teacher, said Monday that students in her yearbook class came to her a couple of weeks ago, wanting to organize a fundraiser in which each would pay $1 to veer from the school’s dress code to wear hoodies to school. They would be similar to the hoodie Martin was wearing when he was killed in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26.

Harris said the principal signed off on the fundraiser, but Cassell said no. Harris said she asked if students could meet with Cassell to make their case, as they had suggested, and she was suspended for two days.

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