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Monday, February 18, 2008
Why "KING" you ask?
Originally published on MySpace on Feb 18, 2008
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This is Jason's blog at the link above:
Feb 20, 2008
A 15-year-old California boy who police say was shot at his junior high school has been taken off life support and his organs have been given away. Authorities say Lawrence King was targeted this week by a younger boy because he came to school in Oxnard dressed like a woman.
Prosecutors have charged 14-year-old Brandon David McInerney with premeditated murder and want him tried as an adult. McInerney has been jailed on $770,000 bail. A medical examiner plans an autopsy Friday.
''It is inevitable that this is going to become a murder case,'' Ventura County prosecutor Maeve Fox said.
King was shot in the head Tuesday morning during a class at E.O. Green Junior High in Oxnard, police said. More than 20 other students were in the room at the time.
Fox said she could not discuss the facts behind the allegation of a hate crime because those details of the case have not been publicly disclosed. Oxnard police have not specified a motive but said there appeared to be a personal dispute between the two.
King sometimes came to school wearing makeup and high heels, eighth-grader Nicholas Cortez, 14, told the Associated Press.
Another eighth-grader, Michael Sweeney, said King's appearance was ''freaking the guys out,'' the
Los Angeles Times
reported Thursday. ''He would come to school in high-heeled boots, makeup, jewelry, and painted nails -- the whole thing,'' Sweeney told the
King was pronounced brain-dead at St. John's Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, said Craig Stevens, senior deputy medical examiner in Ventura County. Doctors planned to remove some of his organs for donation Thursday, Stevens said.
''I think that's what he would have wanted,'' the boy's father, Greg King, told the
Ventura County Star.
Lawrence King had been under the care of the county foster care system and lived at Casa Pacifica, a nearby center for abused and neglected children, said Steve Elson, the facility's chief executive.
''We're are all stunned, and it's just an unspeakable tragedy,'' Elson said Wednesday. ''This is a very big traumatic experience for all of us.''
I heard about this on Friday and was in complete shock. There has been no national news coverage. A search on Fox News and CNN, both of which claim to be the best news source in the country showed up nothing but local to San Francisco status reports on his medical condition. No one but a few of his classmates even seem to care that a 15 year old boy was shot in the head because he wore girl clothes and maybe hit on a male student. The above story is from Advocate.com and is one of the few that has any detail to it, I found one other in the San Francisco Times. There are commentary stories popping up about this tragedy, but where is the outrage? Where is the anger that a child was murdered by another child?
Contact The Human Rights Campaign Fund
to incourage them to get involved in this incident and make some noise about this before it happens to another gay kid.
, for info on how you can become a part of making your community and school a more tolerant place.
Then contact your kids/nephews, neices, cousins, little brother or sister's school and tell them you want to volunteer to teach tolerance in the school. The school board will have a website and so will the school itself. Do it now. Before your kid is shot in the head or has to watch some other kid die because they are brave enough to be who they really are.
I would also like to ask all of you who can, to change your MySpace name to _______ King for the week. Then people will ask you why and you can tell them about Lawrence King and how he was murdered and maybe by spreading this story around ourselves we can help prevent something like this from happening again.
and YES, I deleted comments, some people decided this was a place to show their ass and I tried to respond with sarcasm and my own brand of typed eye-rolling, BUT, it seems that was misunderstood, and some people took it upon themselves to attack certain people; so the drama has been deleted, if your comments were tied to those comments they have probably been deleted too.
Thank you all for getting the word out about Lawrence King and helping to educate people about the tragedy that ended his life.
Betsy Lewis Gully
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