Radio Host to Trayvon Pal: College Is on Me

Tom Joyner wants to send Zimmerman trial witness to college

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 18, 2013 11:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rachel Jeantel has faced criticism for her manner of speaking and trouble reading cursive, and radio host Tom Joyner wants to do something about it. The much-discussed witness in the George Zimmerman trial should finish high school and get a college education—and he's willing to pay for it, he told her on his show.

"I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT, and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like," he said, referring to historically black colleges and universities. Ideally, he noted, the school would be in Florida, but it doesn't have to be. Jeantel's response to Joyner: "Thank you," BET reports.

Rachel Jeantel, the witness that was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just before he died, gives her testimony during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Rachel Jeantel, the witness that was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just before he died, gives her testimony during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. on Wednesday,...   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)
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