Even More Blame Game In King Death

Who’s to blame for Lawrence King’s death? That question has been rattling around for a while and will probably never get a clear answer.

Some say that the 15-year old homo deserved to be shot in the head – because, you know, we gays need to control ourselves. Others blame the shooter, 14-year old Brandon McInerney. A few blame society at large, while others prefer to pin the blame on that old fall back, God.

McInerney’s lawyer, as we’ve previously reported, has a more precise target: E.O. Green School.

…McInerney’s inability to see another way to solve his problem is partly the fault of the school system, his attorney said.

“Brandon is not some crazed lunatic,” Quest said. “This was a confluence of tragic events that could have been stopped. If there is partial blame in other places, let’s not throw away Brandon for the rest of his life.”

“We think there will be evidence that the school, with the actions of Larry, didn’t quite know how to deal with it,” Quest said.

“Not a crazed lunatic.” Well, crazed enough to shoot someone in the head, but perhaps not a lunatic. This experience may change all that, though, which explains why many people – including gay activists – are hoping McInerney gets tried as a juvenile, not an adult.

School officials cry foul over Quest’s explanations. Says superintendent Jerry Dannenberg: “School officials definitely were aware of what was going on, and they were dealing with it appropriately.” Dannenberg also mentioned King’s right to wear makeup, earrings and other ladylike garb. The school, in fact, would have been wrong to try to curb his behavior.