SIT IN IN GOVERORS OFFICE IN PROTEST OF NO ACTION ON BOOT CAMP BEATING DEATH-Andrew Stelzer

04/19/06

About 30 college Students entered Governor Bush’s office this morning, sat down and refused to leave until the governor met with them and took action on the case of Martin Lee Anderson, the 14 year old African American who died after being beaten in his first morning at a juvenile boot camp in bay county, Florida. The students, from Florida State University, Florida A and M, and Tallahassee Community College, were joined by several Black state Senators and Representatives during part of the morning, they too have said the fact that no arrests have been made or charges filed against the guards who beat Anderson, or the medical examiner who ruled that the beating had nothing to do with his death, means that justices is not being served. This afternoon WMNF spoke to one of the students in the governors office; Gabriel Pendas the President of the Student Senate at Florida State University.

BOOT CAMP SIT IN

That was Gabriel Pendas, the President of the Student Senate at Florida State University, one of about 30 students conducting a sit in in the office of Florida governor Jeb Bush, in protest of the lack of action after the death of Martin Lee Anderson.

Governor Bush did meet privately with 4 of the students late this afternoon, but Pendas said the meeting led nowhere, as the Governor continued to shift blame and refused to have a public meeting. Pendas says it appears the students will stay the night—no threats to arrest or remove the students have been made.

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