John M. Becker

Teacher of Murdered Gay Child Sympathizes With Killer

Filed By John M. Becker | October 09, 2013 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Brandon McInerney, California, hate crime, Larry King, Lawrence King, murder, murder apologism, Shirley Brown

"I had Larry as a student the previous year, as a seventh-grader, and I knew his inclination -- he had discussed it with me. When he asked me what to do about the situation [his orientation], my response to him was, 'Nothing!' What to do about the situation is nothing, and to keep it private, and to dwell upon it. Larry shouldn't have expressed himself so blatantly, openly transsexual.

"He progressed day by day in his outward appearance as a girl. Any teacher with a grain of salt really said 'It's out of control.'

"I do believe in a heaven and a hell, and I do believe Larry honestly did not have a clue, uh, the consequences of his actions. I relate to Brandon because I could see my own self being in that very same position. I don't know if I would have taken a gun, but a good, swift kick in the butt might work really well."

-- Shirley Brown, a seventh-grade teacher at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California, on the HBO documentary Valentine Road. The "Brandon" that Brown sympathizes with is Brandon McInerney, who in 2008 at age 14 brought a gun to school and shot Lawrence ("Larry") King, a 15-year-old classmate, to death in a computer lab. Brandon killed Larry because the previous day, Larry had asked him to be his Valentine.

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