Because apparently getting shot isn't bad enough, the world needs to know that it's Larry King's own fault (from the AP):
Larry King was a gay eighth-grader who used to come to school in makeup, high heels and earrings. And when the other boys made fun of him, he would boldly tease them right back by flirting with them.
That may have been what got him killed.
This is following an Advocate story along similar lines from last week.
Police would not discuss McInerney's motive. But the day before the shooting, King told McInerney he liked him, eighth-grader Eduardo Segure told the Ventura County Star.
If King had flirted with the other boy, "that can be very threatening to someone's ego and their sense of identity," said Jaana Juvonen, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Putting that quotation right there after the part about King's getting shot, implying that the motive was that King threatened McInerney's "ego and sense of identity," that's putting the value of the latter's fragile ego above the former's life.
Then come a couple you-know-why-these-details-are-supposed-to-be-important:
He also said that King was free to wear women's accessories with his uniform of white shirt and dark pants because the dress code prohibits only those items that could be a safety threat, such as steel-toed shoes.
"If girls are wearing jewelry, you can't stop boys from wearing it, too," he said. "Each gender has the right to wear what the other does."[...]
King and his mother crocheted hundreds of scarves that were shipped to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The avid singer planned to belt out the national anthem at his brother's opening-day baseball game this spring.
The point isn't whether or not McInerney had a right to kill King; it's whether King had a right to present as feminine.
The article does discuss harassment of queer teens in school and this specific school's policy regarding harassment. It's something, but what about discussing McInerney's actions as his own actions instead of merely the expected response to King's? Because King's femminess isn't what got him killed any more than women who dress "provocatively" are asking to be raped.
I'm still waiting to read the article that says that McInerney's participation in JROTC is what got King killed. If we're going to start pointing the finger around at the nearest and easiest targets instead of questioning the gender policing and systemic homophobia that led to the shooting, I don't see why JROTC's getting off the hook so easily.