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    Posted March 31, 2012 by
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    One year since Trayvon Martin's death

    WestPhillyDJ and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Trayvon Martin shooting
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    Yes, even a delinquent youth's life would matter


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     WestPhillyDJ says the recent talk questioning Trayvon Martin's past is functioning as a smear campaign that may have greater repercussions. She says as a social worker she has seen children of all walks of life with problems, and even if Martin had a troubled past that does not justify Zimmerman's actions against Martin. "I don't know if Trayvon had a certain background, and it doesn't matter to me. I have seen a lot as a social worker, and I have heard a lot, and whatever they say he got in trouble for is just a scratch on the surface to some of the cases I crossed as a social worker,” she says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    In response to reports about Trayvon's suspensions and trouble...


    Well, as a social worker with 10 years of experience in Philadelphia, who has worked with youth with all kinds of troubling pasts, I don't find this conversation about Trayvon's juvenile record or past productive at all in this conversation- and rather insulting to millions of social workers, like myself, who could quite honestly tell you the same thing. And not only social workers, but juvenile probation officers, child advocate attorneys, family court judges. Children at-risk, or with some trouble in their past, are just as precious and don't deserve to be shot for simply walking to the store and back home, anymore than anyone else! The smear campaign out there has hit an all time low. If some people would stop cutting funding for social workers perhaps we would be able to actually do the kinds of things we know needs to get done in order to give all children a brighter future, not just ones privileged from the start. There are people like myself who want to be out there in their lives making a difference- and who do make a difference until someone starts cutting the funding.

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