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The Zimmerman verdict: a teachable moment for our children

The George Zimmerman verdict caught me off guard and upset me. Both make it hard to talk to my children about it.

I do need to talk with them. We talked about Trayvon Martin’s death when it happened, and stories about the verdict have been in the newspapers that end up all over our house, as well as on NPR which our kids end up listening to in the kitchen or car. It’s going to come up. It already has with my 15-year-old, who is furious.

I just didn’t expect him to be acquitted. I guess I expected at least manslaughter. But as President Obama said in his statement, “…we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.”

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