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George Zimmerman was kicked out of Seminole State College today, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
“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,” according to a statement from the college. “This decision is based solely on our responsibility to provide for the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman.”
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.
Trayvon, a 17-year-old black teen visiting from Miami, was walking to a relative’s house when he was spotted by Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in a gated community.
Zimmerman reported the unarmed teen to police as a ‘suspicious’ person and pursued him. There was a confrontation and Zimmerman shot the boy. He told police he shot the teen in self-defense.
Zimmerman has since gone into hiding.