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Students step up to defend the hoodie

Published 03/31/2012, The Record (Hacensack, N.J.)/ MCT

Trayvon Martin case lifts garment into the spotlight
Sean O’Reilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons. “Don’t put your hands in your pocket a lot. People will think you have a gun.” The subject of hooded sweat shirts — or hoodies — didn’t come up, he said. But the death of an unarmed Florida teen, Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot by a neighborhood-watch volunteer last month, has elevated the hoodie to a rallying symbol and made it a target of criticism.

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