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    One school music director's commentary about the not guilty verdict in George Zimmerman's trial last weekend has gone viral.

    Titled "I am not Trayvon Martin," the Facebook status by Bob Seay of Lamar, Colo., has become a rallying cry for some who are upset with the verdict but don't identify personally with Martin, who was fatally shot the night of Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.

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    Since it was posted Sunday morning, it has been shared more than 50,000 times and liked by more than 116,000 Facebook users, as well as picked up by the Huffington Post.

    "You don't have to be Trayvon Martin to know this is wrong. You don't have to be black, or young, or a 'troubled student' or a pot smoker to know this was murder. And you don't have to be the parent of Trayvon Martin to know this was a gross miscarriage of justice," Seay's post reads.

    The status plays off another popular movement in the aftermath of the court decision, "I am Trayvon Martin," which has inspired demonstrations of hoodie-clad teenagers and young adults in cities nationwide.

    "I couldn't believe it," Seay said. "I stayed up all night watching it. It was like watching the numbers on a gas pump roll over."

    Seay said he wrote the post to protest Stand Your Ground laws, which he said make it too easy to kill people in the U.S.

    He also said his post has generated a lot of feedback at various extremes.

    "I've had everything from marriage proposals to death threats," he said.

    In the week since the Florida jury announced its verdict in the Zimmerman case, other opinions posted to Facebook have spread quickly as well.

    An open letter to George Zimmerman by user Alex Fraser has had more attention than Seay's, spreading throughout Facebook since early Sunday morning as well.

    "You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons," Fraser wrote. "Enjoy your 'freedom.'"

    Fraser could not be reached for further comment.

    Here's what Bob Seay wrote on his Facebook page:

    I am not Trayvon Martin.

    I keep seeing people say, "I am Trayvon Martin." I understand the sentiment. If that is you, then I respect that.

    I am not Trayvon Martin. I am a middle-aged, middle class, overweight white guy. I am also a teacher, and in 20 years of teaching, I have seen plenty of Trayvon Martins. More accurately, I have seen plenty of young men who fit the caricatured image that is being portrayed of this kid in the media, Left and Right. Fox News and MSNBC. I'm guessing that neither portrayal - saint or thug - is accurate. People are more complex than that.

    None of the Trayvon Martins that I know deserve to die. They may arouse suspicion, but your paranoia is not their crime. If they do commit a crime, they deserve to have a trial. Trayvon Martin's jury consisted of one person. That is not how we are supposed to do things in America. Unfortunately, that is our reality.

    Here's my point: You don't have to be Trayvon Martin to know this is wrong. You don't have to be black, or young, or a "troubled student" or a pot smoker to know this was murder. And you don't have to be the parent of Trayvon Martin to know this was a gross miscarriage of justice.

    Let me be more blunt: This type of injustice will continue until enough guys like me - guys who are not Trayvon Martin - have had enough of it and finally say "No more."

    You don't have to be Trayvon Martin.
    You just have to be human.

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