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Rachel Jeantel Keeps Promise to Slain Friend

    May 31, 2014
    Pam Wright
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It was a special moment for Rachel Jeantel when she crossed the stage to receive her high school diploma — a moment to remember her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, and to celebrate an academic victory.

Jeantel was on the phone with Trayvon when he was shot to death in 2012. Since then, she has been determined to fulfill the promise she made to her friend to finish school.

Jeantel is known as the key witness in the very public trial of George Zimmerman — the man accused of shooting Trayvon, who was later acquitted.

During the trial, the daughter of immigrant parents had difficulties with her English. The teen speaks Haitian Creole, English and Spanish, and her dialect and use of Creole slang were made fun of during her testimony.

At one point during the trial, defense attorney Don West questioned whether Jeantel understood English.

“Are you claiming in any way that you don’t understand English?” West asked Jeantel.

“I don’t understand you. I do understand English,” Jeantel said.

Finishing high school was a challenge for the young woman.

As a senior in high school, it was determined Jeantel only had an elementary-level understanding of reading and math. Miami defense and civil rights attorney Rod Vereen arranged for tutors and psychologists for the young woman to help her graduate.

“When they say it takes a village to raise a child, this is what has happened here,” said Vereen.

“Getting her down that aisle has not been an easy task,” he continued. “Rachel is just like any other teenager. They want to buck the system sometimes, and you just can’t let them buck the system.”

“I did it,” Jeantel exclaimed after the graduation. “The witness who didn’t know how to speak English knows how to speak English through the 12th grade now. I never quit.”

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, attended the graduation ceremony to cheer on her son’s friend.

“Her coming is like having Trayvon there saying, ‘You did it. You proved people wrong,’ ” Jeantel said.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/D.Moore1971?ref=tn_tnmn jokesonyou

    Congratulations to her!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://cezarthescribe.forumchitchat.com/ Cezar

    Rachel Jeantel = Idiocracy
    She can’t read her own letter.
    She can’t read cursive.

    She committed perjury and should be in jail.

  • EODforever

    Love to give her a 5th grade math test….

  • Chuck Reeser

    Such a shame people are so prejudiced as a white person it embarrasses me

  • abe

    I think she is the perfect role model for blacks.

  • clubberlange

    Was her promise to abstain from eating cheese burgers?

  • dog_breath

    Wow, throw her a parade! If she comes out as gay give her a medal too!

  • MACHGLOBAL

    The girl obviously has an eating disorder but masking her grammar as a “dialect” issue or “Creole” hybridization is simply being charitable not honest..

  • Hlthy Skptc

    She was passed on by teachers, which does not mean she graduated with the tools she will need to succeed. I bet we hear about Ms. Jeantel in the not too distant future complaining she needs a living wage, needs an Obama phone or wants to be a SEIU representative. Since she is incapable of speaking in a manner that would lead even a half wit to the conclusion she barely made it past a fourth grade reading/speaking level her prospects are limited. Her “education” may give her the opportunity to paint nails, stock shelves at Walmart or better yet, McDonalds has a new drive through queen! Considering Obama is in the white house and stupidly commented that Trayvon would have looked like him, I wonder if he would accept Ms. Jeantel as his daughter since she is a product of a failed school system that passes on mindless robots more interested in getting high and voting themselves freebees at the alter of Government handouts rather than demonstrating they have a back bone and willing to work for a living.

  • RC Vic

    35 year old graduate and Still can’t read her Diploma but now she has one!

  • RC Vic

    Now she is the perfect candidate to work in the upper management levels of the California Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in Elk Grove, Ca.

  • InvisibleZombie

    Now anyone wanting and receiving and education is a good thing in my book, so I’ll try to pee on her parade as little as possible. While graduating is a good thing, the sickening fact that it took international publicity, tutors AND a psychologist to get a high school senior, stuck at elementary-level, is appalling! There’s a broken system here and that includes her school and her parents.
    The only redeeming thing that could come out of this is to see her found an education foundation to pull up the millions of other youth in the same situation.

  • George Linard

    She never made any “promise” to Trayvon. She hardly knew that kid. Lmao, and the media spin keeps on going. . . . .