|Brandon McInerney (left) shot and killed Lawrence King (right) at school|
Arthur Saenz said he saw defendant Brandon McInerney sitting on a bench looking angry and upset while 15-year-old Larry King walked back and forth in front of him as other students laughed.
"I saw a lot of anger and rage," the history teacher said about McInerney. He said he did nothing about the situation because the school administrator walked up and saw the same scene. He said he assumed she would take care of it.
Saenz said that in hindsight, he thought the encounter "appeared to be sexual harassment."With teachers like Saenz, it is not a surprise that gay teens are more likely to commit suicide and engage in risky behavior. Why is it bad behavior for a gay teen to parade around in high heels and makeup when a girl parading around in jeans and and army boots isn't met with such contempt and disapproval?
Do you remember when radio hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States discussed a desire to beat children like King candidly on their show? If not, here's an except:
ARNIE STATES [13:27]: If my son, God forbid, if my son put on a pair of high heels, I would probably hit him with one of my shoes. I would throw a shoe at him. Because you know what? Boys don’t wear high heels. And in my house, they definitely don’t wear high heels.The logic employed by Saenz and States is not only wrong but dangerous, and adults should know better than to place the blame on children expressing themselves.
The court also heard testimony this week from McInerney's aunt and brother, who both said McInerney suffered physical and verbal abuse from his now-deceased father.
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Megan Csorba said she saw her brother sit on his son until he couldn't breathe, pull his thumb back until he screamed and punch him in the face, the Ventura County Star reported.
In cross-examination, a prosecutor asked Csorba why she didn't report the abuse to police.
"I was going through my own abuse, and I wasn't going to do that to my brother," Csorba said.
She said that books on Nazi youth and videos on shooting at McInerney's home belonged to the defendant's older brother. She also testified, as did McInerney's half-brother, that the defendant had been molested by a cousin. Brandon McInerney looked angry in court as his aunt described his childhood, the Ventura County Star said. His mother, Kendra, wept, the newspaper reported.The McInerney's certainly seem like a dysfunctional and abusive family, for which I empathize with him. However, Lawrence King did not deserve to be killed and his memory does not deserve to be clouded over allegations of sexual harassment.
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