Daily Archives: February 12, 2009

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When it comes to Teh Ghey it takes time for the truth to enter the public record.

Lawrence “Larry” King [pic at very top] wasn’t sexually harassing fellow eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney [pic second from top] in the weeks leading up to King’s shooting death, prosecutors contend in court documents.

McInerney was the aggressor, teasing the effeminate King for weeks and vowing to “get a gun and shoot” him, according to a prosecution brief. Multiple students provided accounts of a growing hostility between the two boys, the document shows.

Their dispute ended in tragedy a year ago today when McInerney allegedly armed himself with a .22-caliber revolver and shot King in the back of the head twice in an Oxnard classroom as the school day was beginning.

“In the days before the shooting, the defendant tried to enlist others to administer a beating to Larry,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox wrote in a “statement of facts” filed with the brief. “When that failed for lack of interest, he decided to kill Larry.”

Needless to say this stands in marked contrast to A Newsweek cover story published in the July 28, 2008 by one Ramin Setoodeh (third pic from top.)

At 15, Lawrence King was small—5 feet 1 inch—but very hard to miss. In January, he started to show up for class at Oxnard, Calif.’s E. O. Green Junior High School decked out in women’s accessories. On some days, he would slick up his curly hair in a Prince-like bouffant. Sometimes he’d paint his fingernails hot pink and dab glitter or white foundation on his cheeks. “He wore makeup better than I did,” says Marissa Moreno, 13, one of his classmates. He bought a pair of stilettos at Target, and he couldn’t have been prouder if he had on a varsity football jersey. He thought nothing of chasing the boys around the school in them, teetering as he ran. . . .Larry King was, admittedly, a problematical test case: he was a troubled child who flaunted his sexuality and wielded it like a weapon.

As a result. . .

The article drew a massive response online–more than 4,000 comments were posted through the week. Many responded to reporter Ramin Setoodeh’s assertion that Larry “was a troubled child who flaunted his sexuality and wielded it like a weapon.”
Yes, he was a flamboyant kid who wore high heels and makeup. But many commenters felt this characterization suggested that Larry deserved to die. “It’s a sad thing that the story isn’t about how our society could create such a diabolical, cold-blooded, 15-year-old-child killer,” writes CaraWinter of King’s assailant, Brandon McInerney, who has been charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime (McInerney’s public defender has not disclosed his defense strategy, but has said the school should be blamed for failing to step in amid rising tensions between the two boys.) “Instead, it’s a story about how Larry was ‘disruptive’ in school, taunting and ‘harassing’ other kids, wielding his sexuality–implying he provoked his own murder! It’s lunacy, and it’s disrespectful of the poor, dead child.”

As for the Unindicted Co-Conspirator (third pic from top). . .

A Stanford Daily editor majoring in English has been chosen as the 2004 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Intern.
Ramin Setoodeh, a senior who is minoring in political science, was selected from among 13 applicants for the position. Setoodeh will work in the Hong Kong bureau of the Wall Street Journal this summer.
The internship was established to commemorate the work and ideals of Pearl, Stanford graduate and Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.
In an essay written as part of the application process, Setoodeh described his affinity for Pearl’s work: “He traveled the world and told the stories of ordinary people. Other journalists might associate culture with ethnicity. But Pearl’s stories seemed to understand that culture went deeper than skin color — there was the world of beauty pageant contestants in Jonesboro, Georgia; pharmacists in Bombay, India; carpet weavers in Ben, Iran.”
Setoodeh was editor-in-chief of the Stanford Daily during the fall and winter. He has had previous internships at U.S. News & World Report, Stanford Magazine and the Menlo Park Country Almanac. He is from Fresno, California.
A committee of Communication Department faculty members evaluated applicants for the internship. The final decision was made by the Wall Street Journal.
Pearl, a 1985 graduate of Stanford’s Department of Communication, was kidnapped in Karachi on January 23, 2002, while working on a story retracing the steps of “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. A month later, on Feb. 21, his captors released a videotape of his slaying. He was 38.

Ramin Setoodeh is an associate editor at Newsweek in New York.

Perhaps we shall hear more of this masquerade. . .

For the nonce, a song. . .