10/19/2012 04:12 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2012

Zimmerman's Attorneys Want Trayvon Martin's School Records

By: Robyn Gee

Attorneys for George Zimmerman, the man charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Feburary of this year, are asking for Martin's school records and access to his social media postings, according to NBC News.

Martin's family held a press conference to say that they feel Martin's records are irrelevant to the case, but that Zimmerman's mental health records do pertain to the case.

But part of Martin's school record was already released, in a leak just months after his death. In March, news sources began reporting that Martin had been serving out a suspension from school at the time he was killed, and that he had been suspended three times.

Youth Radio's investigation into this reported leak found that schools cannot legally release an individual's school records to anyone except parents and legal guardians at their request under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). And Martin's family had not requested this information.

Zimmerman's trial will take place in June.

Check out Youth Radio's report on the suspension record leak and where federal law stands on the issue. 

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