Students March on Capitol


About a hundred college students and supporters of the family of Martin Lee Anderson marched on the Capitol Thursday to demand justice.

The protestors are angry that no one has been arrested since the teen was beaten and suffocated to death at the Bay County Boot Camp last January.

They carried brooms to signify what they say is Jeb Bush’s attempt to “sweep the case under the rug.”

One of the protestors, Bruce Strouble, says they made a pledge to the boy’s family and national leaders to keep the heat on the governor until someone is held accountable.

“They told us to make sure that we stayed out here and we continued to demand justice, and that’s what the Students Coalition for Justice is doing. We’re demanding that action be taken to get the people involved, and those who are involved in this obstruction of justice and trying to cover this case up."

Strouble went on to say, "We all come here because we have children, we have younger siblings who could be the next Martin Lee Anderson, and we don’t want to see that, so we want to take an active stance against these type of crimes."

The protestors pasted posters on the windows of the Capitol and chanted in the courtyard.

Jeb Bush was not at the Capitol during the protest. He had a scheduled day off.

He says he is also frustrated that the investigation is taking so long. He says his office checks in weekly with the special prosecutor in the Martin Lee Anderson case, Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober.


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