Note: Murder is bad, worse than homosexual acts and worse than sexual harassment.

In the Deseret News Sunday:

Gay student’s killing sparks cries for tolerance programs

By Greg Risling
Associated Press
Published: March 30, 2008
OXNARD, Calif. — Larry King was a gay eighth-grader who used to come to school in makeup, high heels and earrings. And when the other boys made fun of him, he would boldly tease them right back by flirting with them.

Emphasis added. Larry King (no, not that one) is now dead. One of his classmates killed him.  From the story: “[p]olice would not discuss [Brandon] McInerney’s motive. But the day before the shooting, King told McInerney he liked him.”

Just in case you were wondering how Mr. Risling felt about the sexual harassment of Brandon, he makes it clear one more time “Students at E.O. Green Junior High said the other kids used to taunt King, call him names and throw wet paper towels at him in the boys’ restroom, and he would bravely fire back by flirting with them and chasing them.”

Sexual Harassment is in part defined as “unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when [it] . . . creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment.”  If Brandon was contemplating the murder of Larry, it was a hostile or offensive learning environment.  It is hard to argue that Mr. Risling did not have an agenda in writing a news article and he chose his words accordingly.

“The shooting has galvanized Oxnard, a city of nearly 200,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Several vigils for King have been held, including a march that drew about 1,000 people to this strawberry-growing section of Ventura County.” It sounds as if the most attended event was the march where less than one-half of one percent of the city of nearly 200,000 showed up for it. “Galvanized” indeed.

Mr. Risling also compared the murder to the murders of Matthew Shepard and Brandon Teena.   Matthew Shepard was purposely targeted for a robbery because he was gay.  The perpetrators pretended to be gay and evidence indicates that Matthew did not approach either of his attackers in a sexual way.  The final lethal injuries were administered likely because Matthew was coherent enough to read the license plate on the getaway truck after the severe beating he had already received.  Brandon Teena was a pre-op transsexual woman (wanted to be a man) who was already happy in a relationship (with a woman) and made acquaintances with two ex-cons that learned her secret then raped her and after she filed a police report killed her.  Neither of these situations are much like Larry King’s.  Larry King was an eighth grader who was getting teased for dressing like a girl and one thing eighth grade boys do whether you are gay or not is call each other “fag”.  Larry King was flirting with the boys that teased him and one of them severely overreacted and killed him.  There was nothing brave or heroic about Larry King’s actions prior to his death.

A quote from Ellen DeGeneres was also used in the column “Comic Ellen DeGeneres, who is a lesbian, said on her talk show Feb. 28: ‘Larry was not a second-class citizen. I’m not a second-class citizen. It is OK if you are gay.'” Glad to have that cleared up.

It is sad that Larry King was killed, but matters were not helped by the environment of his school either. It appears that Larry liked to wear women’s accessories with his school uniform such as makeup, high heels, and earrings.  Somehow the administration of the school probably made things even worse. According to Jerry Dannenberg, superintendent of Hueneme School District “‘If girls are wearing jewelry, you can’t stop boys from wearing it, too,’ he said. ‘Each gender has the right to wear what the other does.'” This is lunacy and does nothing to preserve an orderly learning environment. The school has uniforms, but then the boys can wear makeup, high heels, and earrings? It really defeats the purpose of having a uniform if the boys can wear such disruptive things.

It is hard to imagine what Brandon McInerney thought the positive outcome of the shooting would be or why he chose to resolve the problem in this way. Brandon is now facing life in jail with an enhancement for a hate crime. While Brandon was in the wrong, there was nothing heroic or brave about Larry King sexually harassing in retaliation for teasing. It was stupid and wrong. Responding with murder was even worse.

This is a sad event for everyone involved, Brandon will probably go to jail for the murder and Larry is dead.  It was bad for this to happen but why can’t a NEWS agency at least write about it in a more dispassionate way?  Writing the story as advocacy for the gay agenda does two things: 1- it further disparages an accused murderer whose crime is bad enough on its’ own and 2- it tries to make a hero of an immature kid that was sexually harassing his classmates in retaliation for teasing.  As news consumers we definitely deserve better.

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