Must-see morning clip: Rachel Jeantel responds to being called "uneducated"

The star witness in the Trayvon Martin trial speaks up in her first interview since the trial ended

By Prachi Gupta
Published July 16, 2013 1:45PM (EDT)

Rachel Jeantel, the star witness in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, appeared on Piers Morgan's CNN show Monday night to offer her first interview since the trial. Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin the night he died, became a lightning rod for criticism during the trial and for the friction between her and defense attorney Don West.

She also reacted to Juror B37's remark that Jeantel is "uneducated," saying she felt "angry." She added, "When the state closed they're trying to explain what kind of person I am. And you can see the kind of person I am."

Remarking on her interaction with West, she said, "The only reason I have not said anything to Don Weston [sic] because my parents taught me better. As an adult you don't have the right to disrespect an adult," she explained. "Don't curse - okay I did give attitude."

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