The parents spoke with reporters just before a hearing in Sanford, Florida, where a judge heard arguments over whether Trayvon’s records should be released.
“I hope you haven’t forgotten that my son was a 17-year-old kid. He was the victim,” said Sybrina Fulton, the teenager’s mother, speaking to the press. “Asking for his school records is offensive and wrong on so many levels. His school records are irrelevant. You shouldn’t attack the victim.”
Trayvon's parents and their lawyer have contended that any such material would be irrelevant to the case and that Zimmerman’s medical records are far more significant in determining his guilt or innocence.
“We know that Zimmerman was taking at least three drugs, including Adderall and Restoril,” said Benjamin Crump, who represents Trayvon Martin’s parents. “We know they can cause aggression, hostility and hallucinations. We don’t know what psychiatric illness he had, which is crucial in understanding his state of mind that night.”
Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, also discussed their decisions to create the Change For Trayvon Committee of Continuous Existence and to start participating in the political process to achieve changes in “stand your ground” laws.
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