Another kid around the same age, Brandon McInerney, had a big enough problem with Lawrence King that he eventually took a gun to school and shot him in the back of the head two times. And now a couple of years later he's finally being tried.
I've avoided this subject for the last couple of years because too often when I consider my opinion I can't help but think of them both as children when this happened. They both had a rough childhood with significant family issues. I'm no expert on this situation, though I'll also admit that I could never give all the links to all the posts I've read about this since it happened. I can't imagine at fifteen you don't know what a gunshot to the back of the head means, but I can't accept that a fifteen year old has the same mental competency as an adult who one can argue at least has grown up enough to understand consequences, and I can't imagine the input of the people around him to bring him to where he was.
McInerney's lawyers have already introduced the gay panic defense. Gay panic, for anyone unsure, is what happens when a hapless heterosexual is preyed upon by a perverse homosexual, and because gay=awful, they couldn't help but react by beating the crap out of said homosexual. I think it has a cousin in the idea that women dressed inappropriately invite rape. See also, "If he hadna been all faggoty and shit I wouldna had to whoop his ass. He's askin fer it being all faggoty."
Which brings me, in a long and winding sort of fashion, to this article from Ventura County Star. Several teachers have admitted to having done nothing to stop this other than to make Lawrence King stop being so faggoty. He was told to remove a scarf, makeup, and nail polish at different times, and a teacher worried that he was going to be dragged behind a shed and beaten to death.
They complain that the lesbian principle made it all okay and didn't listen to them when they tried to warn her that Lawrence King was asking for a whoopin'. They blame her for not being aware of the problems.
I blame them all for letting the students be bullies and especially bullies to someone who was obviously struggling. This poor little boy who so obviously needed for the people around him to stop chasing him and hitting and pushing him wanted what every other fifteen year old wants, to make sense of an increasingly peculiar world, or maybe that's just us gays.
The article ends in a very telling fashion with this question and answer between a teacher and the DA:
Brown said she once saw a group of boys chasing King, which she described as a potentially unpleasant situation. Fox asked her if she stepped in to stop the chasing.
"No," Brown said.