Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday Temper Tantrum

I heard a news story recently about Lawrence Forbes "Larry" King, the 15-year-old from Oxnard, California who was shot by a classmate after he asked the classmate to be his valentine.

Apparently, King had been dressing in girls clothing and had become very aggressive in coming on to guys but that doesn't mean he deserved to be shot. Not only that but the school district didn't enforce the dress code with King because of a California law that bans gender discrimination. Come on, they could have done something and what's more, the people that ran the group home that King was living in should have done something. This boy was obviously troubled and trying to discover who he was. He should have had some help.

This is a tragedy that could have been avoided if the adults in the equation had been doing their job properly. How sad that a life was cut short because of ignorance and indifference.

We all need to be more vigilant when it comes to education and realizing that teenagers are going through one of the most difficult times in their lives...puberty and self-discovery.



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