King’s Death Part Of Bigger Problem…

Fifteen-year old Lawrence King’s murder last February at school shocked the nation. It also pointed to timely, troubling questions: Newsweek‘s current cover story highlights some lingering, troubling questions:

What you might call “the shrinking closet” is arguably a major factor in Larry’s death. Even as homosexuality has become more accepted, the prospect of being openly gay in middle school raises a troubling set of issues. Kids may want to express who they are, but they are playing grown-up without fully knowing what that means. At the same time, teachers and parents are often uncomfortable dealing with sexual issues in children so young. Schools are caught in between. How do you protect legitimate, personal expression while preventing inappropriate, sometimes harmful, behavior?

Very carefully?!