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  1. L.C. Burgundy
    July 28, 2008

    “14 years old is extremely young.”

    I hesitate to call any premeditating murderer “extremely young” as an exculpatory term. His was an adult action, and will face adult consequences.

  2. shey
    November 13, 2008

    *SMH* if he can pick up a gun, KILL someone with the gun, because he didn’t like the fact that his classmate was gay, then he can be sent to prison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. matthias
    November 14, 2008

    well people i dont understand you at all he killed one kid
    and that is good or what
    so let him out of jail and others will lern it is okay to kill for stupid thinks good job people i think we cant judge him now but wait the real judge will and thats god
    you all sould be asamed for thosecomments he needs a punishment
    he took a son brother friend and who kows what he could b if he had grown

    p.s hey girls next time a guy asks you to be his valentine shoot him if you dont like him is this message you want to b spread ahah wow really

    i am so mad of all of you who is bor this killer he deservs to go to deathrow

    brendon i hope you have his face every time you close oure eyes i hope you will understand what you did i hope that be somones bitch in jail
    so now b my valentines

  4. Tim Baker
    November 22, 2008

    Hmm he shot Larry King twice, not once, TWICE. And stood up to do it. This is not a manslaughter, he brought the gun into school, and it was obvious by Larry’s reported demeanour and dress he was either scared or had been threatened and was toning it down.

    And as others point out, walks out, blankly showing no remorse.

    Sorry, 14 year old pre-meditating murder like that says adult to me. Kid grabs gun in the home and shoots once – could be stupid game, or pranking around. This does not say that at all. This all says cool calculated murder to me.

    Try him as an adult.

  5. Tim Baker
    November 22, 2008

    And another thing – how is it right for him to do it or even extenuated that he was being harrassed or teased by Larry?

    Kids do mentally harmful things to each other, they tease, mess around, bully. A lot of the time in response to same.

    They don’t pull .45s and shoot each other cos of it. They deal with it, or respond in kind.

    This kid was seriously screwed up, IMO. Larry wasn’t, turning his lifestyle into a weapon or defense to others. That’s how you cope…you give as good as you get. But verbally, not bullets. All kids know this…

  6. denisestafford
    December 15, 2008

    The murder of any 14 year old is unjustifiable. But similar tragic events have happened since time immemorial. Schools share some blame for lack of educational programs directed at the issue. But programs advocated by the GBLT deny natural realities and exacerbate the situation.

    Assaults of lesbians by female straights resulting from sexual advances are rare. Female straights view advances by lesbians as either amusing or flattering and conflict in this area is minimal. Gay-‘straight male’ contact is something quite different.

    Throughout the animal kingdom aggression and competition defines male sexual behavior. It is a deadly serious area of natural behavior. The sexual identity of heterosexual males is ultimately the most important aspect of their existence. Threatening or compromising this identity is the single cause of violence against lesbians and gays by male heterosexuals.

    Nature dictates gays will remain a minority and educational programs should be structured thusly. The programs should not target heterosexuals but gay survival in a straight world. If Brandon would have hit Larry a good non fatal lick up beside the head with a club this case would have immeasurable educational value. It would serve exemplary to gay males the seriousness of approaching potential lovers. Teen lesbians would benefit in learning the consequences of intruding on straight relationships without the physical trauma of experience; having their teeth shoved down their throats or their female arms being snapped like twigs by enraging the awesome physical power of the human heterosexual male who, by natural design, will continue to dominate the species.

  7. TJ McFisty
    December 15, 2008

    You’d make a wonderful rape counselor, Denise.

  8. Dennis
    December 15, 2008

    @TJ: No she wouldn’t. Denise, stay off my side, thanks.

    As for the kid, I agree with L. Junius Brutus: let him rot.

  9. jbishop
    December 28, 2008

    There are rules at most workplaces in respect of dress codes and sexual harassment that reflect accepted standards in the community today. I wonder if similar rules had applied here whether these sad events may have been avoidable.

  10. jbishop
    December 28, 2008

    I also wonder if adults who allow minors access to handguns were properly charged in such situations whether access to deadly weapons by minors would see a significant decline.

  11. Timothy Kincaid
    December 28, 2008


    The school had a standard dress code. Lawrence King was in compliance with it.

  12. jbishop
    December 28, 2008

    Yes, I am aware of the laws in California for dress code in regard to trans gender issues and you are correct that they were following it. In my opinion it is an interpretation of constitutional law which more appropriately should appy to adults but has been interpreted here to apply to minors. Just an opinion. Who decides what rules and rights apply to adults and which ones to minors? When is a child an adult? Be that as it may I suspect that most of the inflammatory issues that exacerbated the situation here could have been avoided if standard policies in regard to sexual harassment as they apply to adults in the workplace applied and were enforced in public schools. Additionally, I advocate stricter CAP laws as they pertain to gun control and children.

  13. jbishop
    December 28, 2008

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  14. Jason D
    December 28, 2008

    “If Brandon would have hit Larry a good non fatal lick up beside the head with a club this case would have immeasurable educational value. It would serve exemplary to gay males the seriousness of approaching potential lovers.”

    This would only be fair and realistic if the same rules applied in all situations. If you’re not attracted to whoever approaches you, then you have every right to slug them (nonfatally, of course). I can’t wait to see Ladies Night at a straight bar after this rule gets put into place. Fellas, bring your money, your best clothes, and a helmet!

    Or we could just teach boys the same lesson we teach girls — If someone is interested in you and you’re not interested in them “SAY NO”. If they persist, leave, if they touch you, then you have the right to defend yourself.

    Quite frankly Denise, straight men who are secure in their masculinity are not threatened by flirting by gay men: they’re flattered and have no problem saying “thanks, but no thanks”.

    Gay men, like any other person, should not have to live in fear of flirting with the wrong person. Doesn’t matter if it’s fatal or not. Flirting is not assault or a threatening gesture. “A nonfatal lick upside the head” is a grossly disproportionate response. It’s symptomatic of major issues on Brandon’s part, which are not the fault or responsibility of Larry. The rules are not different for gay people, nor is there any reason they should be. If straight men cannot control their aggressive natures, then they shouldn’t be loose in society.

  15. Politicalguineapig
    December 28, 2008

    I’m puzzled, why does everyone think murder is the ultimate crime? It’s not. Secondly, what if the kid got released at 25 BUT he had to pay reparations for Larry? It wouldn’t bring him back, but it would bring home the seriousness of the crime.

  16. Timothy Kincaid
    December 28, 2008


    You are misinformed. Lawrence followed the dress code for boys. He accessorized with a few articles of women’s clothing, but not regularly. He was not wearing any gender-nonconforming accessories when he was shot twice in the head.

  17. DomanikS
    January 16, 2009

    Has this case gone to trial yet? I’m extremely disturbed that the first I heard of this was while researching details surrounding the Matthew Shepherd case, which also was given very little air time in Australia.

    Ignorance is a form of intolerance, love is never wrong.

  18. Steve T
    February 12, 2009

    Scapegoat??? Please! Your “article” makes it sound like the police are trying to make a murderer a scapegoat (dumb ass term) for actually committing the CRIME he is accused of? Do you understand the term ‘Scapegoat’? Obviously NOT! I don’t care if this McInerney ‘person’ was 14 when he committed this premeditated murder!!! He should be, by all means be tried in court as an adult murderer and he should rest his dumb ass in prison not just for 20 or 30 years, but for the rest of his pathetic life!!

    To all of you whining, bleeding hearts that say he should just get counseling I say, get some education!! He needs to be put in a hole and forgotten!! He did it to his “classmate”, he knew what he was doing and he needs to suffer the consequences!

  19. gabie
    February 12, 2009

    I do not care what his age is!
    He should have the same restrictions and punishment as any adult should.
    Its disgusting how someone kills a kid because he/she is gay.

  20. Brittany
    February 1, 2010

    HE MURDERED SOMEONE. HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING… You make it sound like he’s the victim here…

  21. Enness
    January 30, 2011

    Brandon McInerney took a life; justice requires that he gives one back. It’s a concept as old as recorded history — an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. While I appreciate all of the social and educational failings that might have led to Brandon’s horrific choice to pick up that gun and kill, BRANDON made that choice. Not the legal system; not the school board; not even the parents who somehow allowed a 14 year old boy to have access to firearms and ammunition. Now do we condone his action by watering down the punishment for his crime? That would be a greater societal mistake. We would be green-lighting any criminal activity by those under the legal age by saying, “It’s society’s fault”. With all due respect, that’s nonsense. Children need to be shown that there are consequences for their actions — and when their actions are particularly heinous, so too must the consequences.

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