On the left is Brandon McInerney. On the right is Lawrence King.
In 2008, Brandon shot Lawrence King in the back of the head twice and as a result, Lawrence died two days later. Sounds like it’s all Brandon’s fault, right?
You have to consider that Lawrence was no saint. He was flamboyant about his sexuality. He wore makeup and heels to school and many boys felt uncomfortable when he flirted with them. He’d say things like “I know you want me” to boys in the halls. Many wonder if it was flirting or sexual harassment due to how humiliated some boys felt.
Lawrence asked Brandon to be his valentine in front of a group of Brandon’s friends. He reportedly said “Love you baby” and paraded in front of Brandon in high heeled boots and makeup, which angered Brandon, on top of the humiliation he had already felt.
At his trial, Brandon was painted as some neo-nazi by the prosecution and Lawrence as a sexual aggressor by the defense.
While I do agree that it was unnecessary for Brandon to kill Lawrence, the other facts of the case should not be ignored. Both boys came from unstable homes and that seems to be a key factor in why they acted in this way. I am in no way defending Brandon McInerney’s actions, I am simply stating that you cannot paint one person as a saint and ignore their past actions while painting the other as a demon and highlight every single negative aspect of their past to use against them.
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- justacynicalirishman said: Agreed
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