Expelled from two high schools, Byron Villagran is now studying environmental science at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He attended a charter school with an environmental focus, enlisted in the Job Corps and now hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree and work as an environmental analyst.
“Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw Mr. Zimmerman from enrollment,” according to a statement from the college. “This decision is based solely on our responsibility to provide for the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman.”
Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot in self-defense after following the teenager, who was walking to a family friend’s house in a gated community. In response to death threats, Zimmerman has gone into hiding.