One of the stories I’ve been following for the past year was the shooting death of 15-year-old Lawrence King.
King was an openly gay student who attended school at E.O. Green Junior High in Oxnard, California. His parents had thrown him out of the house for being gay. At the time of his death King was living in a shelter for troubled teens. Not only was King openly gay but he was by all accounts flamboyantly gay. He would sometimes wear make up and women’s clothing to school. Around this time last year he was shot and killed by then 14-year-old Brandon McInerney. McInerney was allegedly King’s bully. Reports say that he harassed King for being gay. Some accounts say that King retaliated by mockingly flirting with McInerney. McInerney allegedly couldn’t take the humiliation and shot King in the back of the head.
Now King’s parents, Dawn and Gregory King, are not only suing the school district but they’re also suing the shelter Lawrence King stayed at and a gay rights organization. They’re suing Casa Pacifica, the shelter, because they say that the shelter gave King his women’s clothing. They’re suing the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance stating that it was them that gave King the idea to flirt with McInerney.
Is it just me or would none of this probably happened if they didn’t throw out their own son over something as insignificant as being gay?
It’s too bad they can’t be sued for being closed-minded and greedy asshats.