RUSH: From the Los Angeles Times: "A teenager who fatally shot a gay classmate in the back of the head during an Oxnard middle school computer lab will spend 21 years in prison under a plea deal reached Monday, closing the books on a case that drew international headlines and ignited debate on how schools should handle sexual identity issues.
"Brandon McInerney, who was 14 when he pulled a gun out of his backpack and shot Larry King two times at point-blank range, will be kept behind bars until he is 38 under the terms of the deal struck by Ventura County prosecutors. In an unusual arrangement, the 17-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree and voluntary manslaughter. In return, prosecutors agreed not to go forward with a second trial, which could have resulted in a life sentence." Okay, so what happened here? "The family of the victim, Larry King, broke their silence on the case outside court Monday, saying that they supported the sentence but believed school officials hold deep responsibility for what happened.
"The victim's mother, Dawn King, revealed for the first time Monday that she had contacted school officials four days before the shooting in an effort to solicit their cooperation in toning down her son's behavior. The boy had been taken from the Kings' home two months earlier by authorities because of problems at home. She said she was told that her son had a civil right to explore his sexual identity." What was he doing? He was showing up in school dressed as a woman. He was wearing dresses. He was bothering the other boys. His mother called the school. She was worried about her son's behavior. She asked the school to keep a sharp eye out for him, that she was worried that his behavior was going to cause something unfortunate to happen to him. We're talking 14, and 15, 16 year olds here. Her son dresses up as a woman, goes to school and starts lavishing attention on other boys.
When she told school officials about this, she says, again, that school officials told her that there was nothing they could do, that her son had "a civil right to explore his sexual identity," meaning he had a right to come to school dressed as a girl. He had a right to come to school dressed in female attire, wearing dresses. He had a right to explore whether or not he was a woman in a boy's body. He had the right to explore whether at some point he was going to need a chopadickoffamy operation.
The boy's mother said, "I knew, gut instinct, that something serious was going to happen. They should have contained him, contained his behavior," meaning school officials. I'm reading to you from an account, this story in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, in case you're wondering about the source. "Prosecutors said the first trial showed that the case was too emotional to take to trial a second time. 'The first jury was unable to keep their emotions out of it,' Ventura County Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Mike Frawley said. 'This really tugged powerfully at people's hearts.' During the first trial, prosecutors portrayed McInerney as a budding white supremacist who hated homosexuals and was enraged by King's sexuality and aggressive flirtations," while wearing dresses.
This is exactly the kind of behavior the dead kid's mother asked the school officials to keep a sharp eye on and then try to constrain. She apparently had lost control of her son. The son had been taken away from her for whatever reason. So she said, "Look, I'm really worried something's gonna happen here. We're dealing with kids, and would you please keep a sharp eye?" and the school said, "No, sorry, madame, your son has a civil right to explore his sexual identity. If he wants to come to school wearing dresses and proposition boy students, nothing we can do." But returning to Florida, you let a girl kiss a boy, and we are damn well gonna call the cops.
There's more information, ladies and gentlemen, on the story out of Ventura County in California. There was a Newsweek article published -- now, if you're just joining us, there was a story, obviously a confused child, middle teenaged years, confused about his sexuality. He wore dresses to school. He wore, we have learned since, makeup. His mother lost the child to social services for reasons we don't know. Mother was worried about the child, child's name was Larry King. She called school officials. "Will you please keep an eye on my son? I'm really worried. The way he is behaving, harm is going to come to him." He was showing up at school wearing dresses and makeup and he was soliciting male students and it got to be very bothersome. And when the mother called the school, school officials said, "There's nothing we can do. He has a civil right to explore his sexuality. There's nothing we can do."
Can you imagine if the kid were a conservative and wanted his civil right to indulge and inform himself about conservatism, whether the school would have said, "Hey, there's nothing we can do. The kid wants to learn about conservatism and there's nothing we can do to stop it." I hardly think so. So the worst fears were realized, and this kid, Larry King, was shot, point-blank range in the back of the head. And the kid that did the shooting has been sentenced to jail until he's 38 years old and they're not gonna do a second trial 'cause it's too disturbing.
Well, it turns out that Newsweek published a story on this July 19th, '08. The name of the school is E. O. Green school. Some teachers there allege in the Newsweek story that -- now, this was when Newsweek was still a magazine, not some little pamphlet put out by Tina Brown. Newsweek was still a magazine. It was losing money then, but it was still a magazine. Howard Fineman still worked there. Jonathan Alter still worked there. This was back in 2008 and there were teachers at this school in California who allege that the assistant principal, whose name was Joy Epstein, was, quote, "Encouraging Larry King's flamboyance to help further an agenda." Well, this makes total sense. The mother calls the school and the school says, "We can't do anything to stop your boy from wearing dresses and makeup and exploring his sexuality. That is a civil right."
Now we're told in Newsweek that an assistant principal was encouraging this kid to be flamboyant because it furthered an agenda. I wonder what that agenda could have possibly been? Anybody want to take a wild guess? Back in 2008, the parents and brother of Larry King, the kid who was shot, claimed that the school was allowing him to wear makeup and feminine clothing, and that this was a factor leading to his death. The parents and brother of the victim filed the claim against the school back in 2008. Dawn Boldrin, an English teacher, had testified, said that she had counseled the kid, Larry King, told him he shouldn't wear all this attention-getting clothing if he didn't want to receive negative attention. She gave the teenager, who was exploring his sexual and gender identity, a strapless green chiffon gown, too. After telling him that he shouldn't be wearing attention-getting clothing, she gave him a green strapless chiffon gown.
Is it any wonder that parents get a little worried when they send the little tykes off to school, because I'll tell you, folks, what's happening, especially in these blue states, what's happening in these public schools, the last thing going on is what we've all thought of as traditional education. There is education taking place, and there are agendas that are being promoted, but they're not what you and I were taught in school. So now a confused 17 year old is dead because the school, "Ah, there's nothing we can do. There's nothing that we can do about this. So sorry."