Sunday, February 24, 2008
A Story Everyone Should Read
This is unspeakably sad. Lawrence King, an openly gay 15-year-old eighth-grader in Oxnard, California, was shot in his junior high school's computer lab earlier this month in what authorities have labeled a hate crime. Two days later, he was taken off life support. Candlelight vigils for King are being held across the country, and yesterday King was remembered in Santa Barbara, where high school student Angelica Hernandez remarked, "I don't think it was the bullet that killed Lawrence. I don't think it was the shooter that killed Lawrence. It was the society that's built and structured in a heterosexual manner. It's just unfair that I can go to school and have classmates think it's not an important issue."