Monday, February 25, 2008

The Tragedy of Lawrence King

Perhaps you have heard of Lawrence King, shot at age 15 by a classmate at their junior high school in Oxnard, California. A vigil was held here, and there is a memorial for him in the LGBT Center where people may record their response to his death.

King took his seat on the morning of 12 February in the computer lab of his Junior High. "Two gunshots were fired into the back of his head, ending his life. He was kept on life support in order to have his organs donated..."

"King," living at a center for abused and neglected children, was "self-identifed as gay and sometimes wore make-up and feminine jewelry to school." While he was subjected to bullying and ridicule, the school did nothing to protect his rights. He was shot by 14-year-old Brandon McInerney.
29 February: Since making this entry, I have learned, from an impassioned plea Ellen DeGeneris made on her show, that Larry was killed because he had asked Brandon to be his valentine (I suppose it was one of this printed cards: Will You Be My Valentine?)

1 comment:

kimy said...

so tragic. it is just unbelievable how our schools - from grade schools to universities - have become a killing ground.

my heart breaks over stories like lawrence's and all those whose lives are shattered by guns and violence.