Never let a good crisis go to waste.
North Miami Beach Walgreens incident caught on video
Published On: Mar 27 2012 12:55:10 PM EDT
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. –
North Miami Beach police said surveillance video shows dozens of high school students demonstrating in the Trayvon Martin case Friday ransacking a Walgreens store.
The incident occurred during a walkout from North Miami Beach Senior High School in support of Martin, 17, who was fatally shot in Sanford. Protesters have been calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, 28, who has not been charged because he claimed self-defense in the shooting, according to police.
WATCH: Surveillance video
Minutes after walking out of their school Friday, a large group of students walked through the streets of North Miami Beach. Along the way, they stopped at a Walgreens at 163rd Street and 15th Avenue at about 10:40 a.m.
Surveillance video shows dozens of teenagers running through the store. Police said about 80 to 100 students stormed in, ransacking the shelves, before the school’s vice principal ordered everyone outside.
North Miami Beach police said students damaged items worth about $150.
“We do not accept any type of violation on the part of our students,” Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said Friday. “There ought to be consequences, and we’ll be collaborating with whatever law enforcement entity is investigating that issue.”
“I don’t think they were doing it, like, to be malicious or whatever. They were just in the moment where they weren’t really thinking right because they were so angry,” said student Jenny Sincere.
“It showed bad character because that’s not what we were out there for,” student Eric On-Sang said. “A few just made us look really bad.”
Some students admitted Tuesday to being part of the rampage.
“I’m not going to lie. I was one of the people that was pushing in there because I was mad,” one student said.
When asked whether the incident may have hurt their cause, student Christopher Paul said, “Yeah, it kind of did, yeah. I was just angry. I don’t know what the rest of them were doing. I was just trying to make a point for Trayvon. That’s it.”
No injuries were reported.
Some of the students dropped their IDs on the way out of the store, police said, so investigators have an idea of who was inside.
The School Board said the students involved could be prosecuted and face disciplinary action at the school.