Friday, August 15, 2008

The Blame Clothing First Crowd

The march to blame the victim continues in aftermath of the tragic shooting of Larry King, the young boy who was shot point blank by classmate. Newsweek already wrote that gratuitous, ugly story that accused King of wielding his sexuality "like a weapon." Now, if that wasn't enough, King's parents are suing the Hueneme school district for not enforcing it's dress code, claiming that led to the murder of their child.

The claim, filed last week in Ventura County Superior Court, said administrators and teachers failed to enforce the school's dress code when King wore feminine clothing and makeup to school.

His parents, Dawn and Gregory King, allege faculty knew their son had "unique vulnerabilities" and was subject to abuse because of his sexual orientation.
Ummm, we find this argument pretty problematic. Maybe they should sue the district for not doing enough to tackle a rampant climate of homophobia on campus or for not keeping kids from bringing loaded handguns to school. Gay kids should not be the ones punished because of this terrible crime. We'll talk about this in the third hour of the show. Let us know your thoughts.