1.Return assignments and go over them 2.Discuss any questions about lecture/readings 3.Go over the 4 articles 4.Discuss school shootings in relation to this week’s

School Shootings…… February 2008 Why Didn’t We Hear About This One?


Lawrence King, Dead at 15

murder and said he committed a hate crime in the classroom yrs Brandon McInerney (14 shooting o old) has been charged for premeditated hate crime. The boy, although a minor, could face up to 50 years to life in prison and is currently being held on $770,000 bail. Video coverage on last week’s shooting

What mainstream media didn’t say……

Prosecutors would not say why they filed a hate-crime enhancement with the attempted murder count, but several classmates said the 15-year-old victim, Lawrence King, sometimes

What they said about Lawrence
• KNBC of Los Angeles reports Hueneme School District Superintendent Jerry Dannenberg as saying: – King had been receiving help from school support staff, Dannenberg said. He had no details on the type of assistance the teen needed. – “He was seeing a number of people trying to help him deal with his own personal issues,” he said.

Quotes in the Press about this Incident:

Several students at the south Oxnard campus said King and his alleged assailant had a falling out stemming from King’s sexual orientation. – The teenager sometimes wore feminine clothing and makeup, and proclaimed he was gay, students said.

– “He would come to school in high-heeled boots, makeup, jewelry and painted nails — the whole thing,” said Michael Sweeney, 13, an eighth-grader. “That was freaking the guys out.”

What they said about Brandon
• Student Juan Sandoval, 14, said he shared a fourth-period algebra class with the suspect, Brandon, whom he described as a calm, smart student who played on the basketball team. “I didn’t think he was that kind of kid,” Sandoval said. “I guess you never know. He made a big mistake.”

What issues seem to be masked by the media in this situation? Why do you think these issues were not covered in mainstream press?
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Discussion Questions

What sort of pressures do boys, in particular, face during their middle and high school experience? How do these differ from the pressures girls face? How are they similar? Can these pressures lead to violence? Why does it seem to happen in some cases, and not in others.

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Why do the media tend not to focus on the gender issue when boys, or men, are the perpetrators? Why are the vast majority of school shootings perpetrated by boys? Why do you think there have been few, if any, such incidents involving girls who took up arms against their classmates? If a girl, or group of girls, were the perpetrators in a school shooting, do you feel media coverage would emphasize the fact that they were girls? If you were in charge, what would you do to reduce male violence in schools? What are some other social issues involving youth that were largely ignored when confined to communities of color, but which became major national issues when young white people were involved?

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The shooting, which has the classmate facing up to 50 years in prison, appears ca

because of their gender identity and expression were males who looke

don McInerney, 14, who reportedly told peers that Lawrence was "having his last da

el Sweeney, 13, an eighth-grader. "That was freaking the guys out."  Classmates rep

to express their gender authentically, but fatal violence against them keeps occur

iolent assaults that has claimed the lives of more than 50 young people 30 and un rs.  (

were gay or perceived to be gay were more than five times more likely than other hools Coalition survey. 

Gender/Sex Transgressors

Brandon Teena Transgender / Pre - op Transsexual Murdered : December 31, 1994 in Humboldt, Nebraska, the “heart of the Midwest.” David Reimer Sex reassignment Committed suicide: May 4, 2004 at 38 years old

Gender/Sex Transgressors

There’s Something About Miriam 2004 Reality TV Show in UK featured six men wooing 21-year-old
RuPaul born RuPaul Andre Charles Drag Performer Popular in 1990s Mexican model Miriam Nago without revealing that she was a pre-operative transsexual until the final episode. Transsexual – Undergo pathology of gender Identity Disorder, Sex Reassignment Surgery

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