March 6, 2008

The Next Hitler?

With the Day of Silence coming up (maybe) at my school, there has been significant talk about Lawrence King, the gay 15 year old that was killed at school last month by his 14 year old schoolmate, Brandon McInerney. Brandon now is being charged as an adult and faces 50 years to life in prison.
I believe the first question here is: Should any child spend virtually the rest of their life in prison? My answer, no. True, it was a violent, pre-meditated crime and he should be adequately punished, but locking him in jail for the rest of his life is not the answer. I don’t just say this because King was gay either. If his killer had been an adult, I would support the death penlaty (or a life sentence if that is the best they can do). But a 14 year old is not an 18 or 30 year old.
While I’m sure McInerney is old enough to know that killing is a bad thing, we do not know much about him from the articles and reports. We seem to get enough information about King and his situation, but reports about McInerney’s personality and family life are difficult to find. As a child, is he truly responsible for the murder in its entirety? After all, he had a gun that surely was not sold to him.
Another thing that really bothers me about this case is how so many people have turned a 14 year old boy who is caught up in the sad social situation that is the modern world, into a crazed killer. He has come to embody gay hate for supporters of homosexuality.
Can’t they find another victim? Perhaps, not a little boy? McInerney deserves some sort of jail time, (not 50 years!) couseling and programs to halp him develop and to keep an eye on him for a while before he is free of the police.


On a side note:
In a letter to the editor in my school’s paper, a boy wrote that suggesting a cancelation of the Day of Silence is supporting Hitler.
Um…okay.
So by you being socialist, you’re supporting all of the socialist/communist activists who supported killing millions of people in Russian and Europe.
Cute.

March 4, 2008

Re: Coalition calls for an end to the Day of Silence at Mount Si High School

Re: Coalition calls for an end to the Day of Silence at Mount Si High School

I just read this on the “
Mt Si Parents” blog. I don’t really know how I came across it but I think anyone who goes to Mt Si should give it a look. It’s helpful to me to see what people are saying since I cannot attend the Thursday night board meetings.

One interesting article I read was a copy of a letter from CoDE. It is very well written and makes a lot of sense. It cannot be denied that people who do not participate in Day of Silence for various reasons (i.e. it goes against their beliefs, they don’t care, or it is a waste of time) are labeled as anti-gay homophobes. It’s a joke to see the adults in the community believe it is any different. While I believe that the school needs to crack down on harassment, it does not need to support one group over another. There are not special days for Mexicans or Jews, why do homosexual students deserve one? They do not. In fact, in the posted response to the CoDE letter, the writer suggests that nobody else in the school faces harassment for their beliefs, a statement far from the truth.

The most amusing part was the comments that had been left on the article. People saying that those who ask for a cancellation of the Day of Silence hate gays, people offering that other groups of people are the ones to be hated. The comments most offensive to me were not the ones containing slurs and hate speech specifically about Mormons (after all we are used to that because we have been facing it as a group of people for a couple hundred years now) but the ones suggesting that if the Day of Silence if not held, Mt Si will face its own murder case like the one of Lawrence King. I won’t say what I think about that case in this post because it would make this one too long, but I will say that the proposed idea is absurd. The Day of Silence only fuels more hate. It has not solved problems, only made them worse.

I will close with what one anonymous commenter wrote:

“Discrimination comes from disagreements. This day creates a lot of disagreements. Thus, more discrimination for everyone.”

Well said. Well said indeed.

To me it is also a day not wasted…a rare thing at Mt Si.

Article:
http://mtsiparents.blogspot.com/2008/02/open-letter-to-gaystraight-alliance-at.html

CoDE Website:
http://www.defendeducation.org/