The family of a gay teenager who was fatally shot in class blames the school district for allowing their son to wear makeup and feminine clothing to school — factors the family claims led to the death.
The parents and brother of 15-year-old Larry King of Oxnard filed a personal injury claim against the Hueneme school district seeking unspecified damages for not enforcing the dress code, The Ventura County Star reported...
King was a ward of the court and living at a shelter for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children at the time of the shooting.
If they didn't let him "express his individuality", they'd be accused of being homophobic. I have no doubt there were well-meaning people at that school who "wanted to help" that boy and who lobbied to let him dress as he did.
What are the parents of the shooter thinking, not only of their son but also of themselves?
How guilty must the parents of the dead boy feel, considering where he was living at the time of his death?
I can find nothing good in this story. Nothing but screaming, wretching sadness.
How is it that some people can think homosexuality is worth killing over?
I've said it before and I'll say it again: tolerance. Not necessarily acceptance, but tolerance. Live and let live. Why is that such a difficult proposition for some?
Update: I called it perfectly, at least according to the parents' suit. Via a link at Joanne's site:
Assistant Principal Joy Epstein, the only person named in the complaint, is accused of encouraging the boy to wear "women's clothing, shoes and makeup." She created an environment of "perceived safety" for King when "in fact she could not and did not protect Larry from the threats and ultimate death," the claim says.
The school should have enforced the dress code on everyone, although I wonder if it forbade boys from wearing makeup.