3/17/2007 One student was on the fence about capital punishment, and came to make up her own mind.
By: News 8 Austin Staff
Most think spring break is a time for relaxation. But instead of the usual R&R, a few teenagers came to Austin for the week to learn about the death penalty.
One student was on the fence about capital punishment, and came to make up her own mind.
“I always heard it was a human rights violation, but I wanted to get to know the facts, and thought it would be interesting to get a different perspective,” Katy ISD sophomore Zainab Alam said.
Some of these students intend to keep the ball rolling once they get home.
“This gives me a lot of personal stories and equipment to go back to my school and start my own chapter of Texas Students Against the Death Penalty,” San Antonio ISD junior Sam Kohn said.
The TSADP is made up of both high school and college students across the state. Texas executed 24 people in 2006, 45 percent of the 53 total executions in the U.S. last year. Texas has executed eight people so far in 2007.
Pictures – top: “Day of the Innocence Rally” below: Sam “Innocence and The Death Penalty”, a talk and question and answer discussion with Sam Milsap, former Bexar County District Attorney. Mr Milsap prosecuted Ruben Cantu, but now believes that Cantu may have been innocent. Cantu was executed in 1993.