Saturday, February 16, 2008

Executed for the Crime of Being Different

gay flagD.A.: School shooting was a hate crime - Another school shooting... I am worn out with stories of school shootings.

This one is a little different, however. It isn't a random shooting spree by some mentally unstable person. It is the story of an execution. A youth - who was gay - was executed by a classmate. He was shot in the head several times. Because he was different. In the words of a classmate, he was "freaking the guys out." So one of the freaked-out guys decided to kill him. Lovely

This didn't happen in some third world country, but in Oxnard, California. (Median household income: $48,603.)

I haven't been able to find much information about the boy charged with the murder, in part I am sure because he is a juvenile - though I think (I can't find the story again) he is to be charged as an adult. Descriptions of his family sobbing when he appeared in court - but little about him. But I think it is clear why the District Attorney filed hate crime charges against this kid.
"[Laurence King] would come to school in high-heeled boots, makeup, jewelry and painted nails -- the whole thing," [Michael Sweeney, another eighth-grader,] told the Times. [The LA Times]
The Right always goes on about how gays and lesbians want "special rights" or something. Tolerance of our existence is not a special right. Being attacked for being who we are is an all too-common occurrence. This isn't victim-hood, it is simple fact of life. This young gay man was struck down in his youth, because one heterosexual decided he couldn't handle the idea that some people are gay. And this young gay man had to be eliminated.

You are hearing and reading about this incident because someone died on school property. Do you think this is only attack on gay youth on school properties this year? If so, I have a good deal on a bridge you might be interested in.

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